The Story Behind this Blog

Being from the South, Silver is a very big part of my life. It doesn't have anything to do with wealth. Although those with more money - old money, tend to have more of it. New money tend not to spend their money on Silver. They do not have the appreciation for the warmth of the metal, the beauty of the patina, the story it tells of the generations past who have used it. A true southern girl comes of age when she chooses her silver pattern, long before she chooses her mate. If she is smart, she chooses that of her mother, grandmother, or favorite great aunt who in their benevolence will pass their silver on to her. It is the pieces in those sets, the pieces on our tables, along with the pieces we find in the corners of the displays in antique stores that prompted me to start this blog. They are beautiful, they are odd, but what are they, and what in the hell do you do with them?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Japenese / Plantation / Audubon by Tiffany

It took me a while to get these patterns straight. Edward C. Moore designed Japanese for Tiffany and it was released in April of 1871 just ahead of the release of Gorham's Japanese pattern in August of that same year - no competition there!

In 1904 the pattern became inactive. In August 3, 1956, Tiffany reintroduced the same pattern under the name Plantation. Then on October 16, of that same year (1956) they renamed it Audubon. It is still in production today and  remains one of Tiffany's most popular patterns.

And, the design has nothing to do with the great American naturalist, John  James Audubon. The birds depicted in the designs in the pattern are both recognizable and non specific specimens. Examples of some included are the paradise fly catcher, green magpie, racket-tailed drongo, crested tit, and finch.

Double Lipped Punch Ladle (13 inches)

Salad  Serving Spoon  (9 inches)

Tomato Server (8 inches)

Gumbo Soup Spoon (7 inches)

Fork (7 1/4 inches)

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