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, September 4, 2013

San Lorenzo by Tiffany

A stately pattern, San Loranzo was introduced by Tiffany in 1916. It is one of their lesser known patterns. From the terminal to the shoulder  the stem is a straight line gently getting smaller as it reaches the shoulder. The stem has a simple rectangular border around it and the terminal features a nice blank crest suitable for monogramming. 

Grapefruit Spoon (5 3/4 inches)
Individual Grapefruit Spoon

Individual Salt Spoon  (2 1/4 inches)

Individual Salt Spoon

Individual Salad Fork (6 3/4 inches)


  1. "San Lorenzo" is a handsome pattern with good weight. However, the stem of the fork and the spoon are rather flat, and do not balance well in the hand. Gorham's "Lansdowne," a similar pattern introduced about the same time, is not as heavy but has a better feel when one holds it..

  2. This is another design that while I admire it, I would not choose it. I prefer a more rounded handle that fits well in a diner's hand.

  3. This is another pattern with a "flat" design that does nothing for me.

  4. Again--this is a pattern that probably appeals more to men than to women..