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, April 5, 2013

Meadow Rose by Wallace

Wallace introduced Meadow Rose in 1907. It is an interesting pattern with three blossoms on the tip of the terminal, then again at the top of the stem. On the top of the shoulder is one carefully placed blossom. 

Baby Fork (4 inches)

Cream Soup Spoon (6 1/4 inches)

Oyster Fork (5 3/4 inches)

Butter Spreader (6 1/4 inches)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Forget-Me-Not by Stieff

A lovely repousse style, the Forget-Me-Not pattern was introduced by Stieff in 1910. The heavy design is of flowers and leaves working its way from the tip of the terminal down the stem.

Master Butter Knife (7 1/8 inches)

Large Sardine Serving Fork (6 inches)

Small Berry Spoon (8 1/8 inches)

Cheese Server (61/4 inches)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Gothic by Dominick and Haff

Gothic is yet another pattern Gilbert Crowell, Jr. designed for Dominick and Haff. It shows the breadth of his work. This design introduced in 1900 is totally different from his Rococo pattern and his Basket of Flowers

GOTHIC (STERLING, 1900) - Replacements Ltd.

Large Fish Serving Fork (9 inches)
Large Solid Fish Serving Fork

Oval Soup Spoon (7 1/8 inches)