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, March 22, 2013

Trianon by Dominick and Haff

The pattern Trianon introduced by Dominick and Haff in 1885, comes in two styles, a solid and a pierced. The solid has a design of flowers and leafs on the terminal. The "pierced" style has the same design but it is open cut.

Fork -Not Pierced Design (7 inches)

Salad Set - Pierced Design (9 1/8, 9 1/4 inches)

Oyster Fork - Pierced Design (4 1/4 inches)
Oyster/cocktail Fork
Nut Serving Spoon - Pierced Design (7 3/4 inches)

Pierced Nut Serving Spoon

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pierced Waffle Server (Part 2)

Another look at the Pierced Waffle Server, a fancy piece in any pattern. I have posted on this piece earlier.

Old Newbury by Towle

Queen Anne by Dominick and Haff (7 7/8 inches)

Majestic by Reed and Barton (8 inches)

La Perle by Reed and Barton  (9 1/8 inches)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Small Sugar Shells

I have posted on different types of Sugar pieces and several times on the Sugar Shell, however there is a second size, a Small Sugar Shell.

Repousse by Kirk Stieff (4 3/8 inches)

Strasbourg by Gorham (5 1/2 inches)

Lily of the Valley by Whiting (5 3/4 inches)

King by Kirk Stieff