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, August 16, 2013

Rose by Knowles

Rose or Bug or sometimes Rose Bug was introduced by Knowles in 1881. The design is that of roses on a vine with bugs crawling up the stem all done in high relief. The description does not do the pattern justice. It is a lovely (and unique) pattern. Although, remember, it is not the only insect related pattern. Durgin also has their Bug pattern, I posted on earlier.

Medium Berry Spoon  (8 1/4 inches)

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Solid Bon Bon Spoon  (4 3/4 inches)

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Large Cheese Scoop (8 1/2 inches)

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Flat Handle Master Butter (7 1/8 inches)

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pitcher Spoon - Large

Being called the Pitcher Spoon, I am only assuming this served the obvious purpose of stirring drinks (ie tea or lemonade) in a pitcher. They also come in a smaller size, although I could only find a few examples of those. Some patterns had round bowls and some had oval bowls.

Sovereign Old by Gorham (12 3/8 inches)

Woodlily by Frank Smith (11 5/8 inches) (Short handle being 10 inches long)

Moulton by Old Newbury  (12 7/8 inches)

W354 by Watson (11 3/8 inches)

Monday, August 12, 2013

La Fleurette by Unger

Unger Introduced La Fleurette in 1904. And, in Unger tradition, it is an exquisite pattern. The design includes a blossom and leaves at the top of the terminal with another blossom at the top of the stem and a third at the top of the shoulder. 

Large Solid Tined Sardine Fork  (5 3/4 inches)
Large Solid Tined Sardine Serving Fork

Cream Ladle with Spout (6 inches)
Cream Dipper With One Spout

Teaspoon  (5 7/8 inches)