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?
Another post about the elegant Cake Serving Fork. This piece reflects the Victorian's flare for beauty and utility. Especially the pieces by Wallace (as well as Reed and Barton and International shown in earlier posts) with the work between the tines. I have posted several time earlier on this piece.
There are many Chrysanthemum patterns in sterling silver. I mentioned several in an earlier post on Chrysanthemum patterns. Tiffany's Chrysanthemum was designed by Charles Grosjean in 1880. Grosjean is also known for his design of the well known "Lap over Edge" mixed metal patterns for Tiffany.
On the very tip of the terminal of this pattern, you will find a Chrysanthemum flower open with the petals hanging down. The stem and terminal are covered with a design of petals and leaves. There is an open space on the terminal for engraving. This is a truly beautiful pattern and timeless given it is 133 years old.