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, August 7, 2013

Pap Spoons

The Pap Spoon was designed to feed soft food to infants and the invalids. They generally fall in size between a dessert spoon and a teaspoon, although usually longer that the fruit spoon.They are often listed as "Pap/Fruit Spoons", which gives me pause, since the fruit spoon in a pattern is generally referred to as a "Fruit/Orange Spoon"  (or "Orange Spoon" or separate "Grapefruit Spoon" in Tiffany patterns) and is an entirely different animal, sometimes having a gold wash to protect the silver from the citric acid of the fruit.

Versailles by Gorham  (6 1/8 inches)  as opposed to 5 7/8 for Fruit/Orange spoon

Hepplewhite Plain by Reed and Barton (6 inches) as opposed to 5 3/4 for Fruit/Orange spoon

Rococo by Dominick and Haff (6 3/8 inches) as opposed to 5 1/2 for Fruit/Orange spoon

St. James by Tiffany (6 inches) as opposed to 5 inches for an Orange spoon

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