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?

Friday, August 9, 2013

BMS26 by Baker Manchester

I just added a piece of this pattern, BMS26, to my collection. The seller had no idea what the pattern was, he just noted it as a "Pretty little sterling silver spoon". After I received it and did some research, I found it to be a Fruit/Orange Spoon in this pattern. Needless to say I was thrilled to add this to my collection. Besides the name, all I know is that Baker Manchester introduced the pattern in 1915. That company had many patterns simply "named" by number, as in "BMS" followed by a number. 

Short Handled Olive Spoon (6 5/8 inches)

Pierced Bowl Short Handle Olive Spoon

Sugar Shell (5 3/8  inches)

Sugar Shell Spoon

Large Cream Ladle (4 1/2  inches)

Large Cream Ladle, Solid Piece

Olive Fork (6 1/4 inches)

Olive Fork

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