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, May 24, 2013

Victoria by Dominick and Haff

Dominick and Haff introduced Victoria in 1901. The pattern was designed by Gilbert L. Crowell, Jr. Other patterns designed by Crowell for Dominick and Haff include Mazarin, Cupid, and Basket of Flowers. Victoria has a classical design with a pattern on the terminal and decoration down the edge of the terminal and the stem. It is not as elaborate or eloquent as Mazarin or Cupid but much more lovely than some of the horrendous patterns to come out of the 50's and 60's.

Preserve Spoon

Tomato Server


Old French Knife

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Marlborough by Reed and Barton

Marlborough is a traditionally designed sterling pattern introduced by Reed and Barton in 1906 and just recently discontinued in 2011. I say "traditional" in that it shares a design similar to Chantilly and Buckingham by Gorham, Champlain by Amston, or Lady Windsor by Wallace in that they are simply elegant without being simple or -God Forbid- plain in their design. 

Demitasse Spoon (4 1/4  inches)

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Flat Handle Butter Spreader (5 7/8 inches)
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Ice Cream Fork Part 2

The original "Spork". I posted earlier on the Ice Cream Fork.  A bowl with tines on the end. This may be one of those pieces you found and asked yourself, "What the hey?" Another Victorian marvel.

Marlborough by Reed and Barton (5 1/4 inches)

Versailles by Gorham (4 7/8 inches)

Wedgewood by International (5 1/2 inches)

Lancaster by Gorham (5 3/4 inches)