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, November 15, 2013

Chased Classic by Lunt

Chased Classic was introduced by Lunt in 1936. At first glance it looks to be more modern that 1936, then a closer look shows the detail in the design, which is much more popular in the older patterns. It has a straight stem from terminal to shoulder, thinning out gently from the terminal down. Embellishments of flowers and leaves adorn it.

Baby Fork (4 inches)
Baby Fork

Iced Tea Spoon (7 3/8 inches)
Iced Tea Spoon

French Hollow Knife (9 inches)

New French Hollow Knife

Short Handle Olive Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

Pierced Bowl Short Handle Olive Spoon

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

American Victorian by Lunt

Another pattern designed by Frederick W. Koonz. American Victorian was introduced in 1941. A very feminine petite design with a trio of blossoms at the base of the terminal, an open area on the terminal suitable for engraving, a pretty stem, and another blossom and other embellishments on the shoulder. 

Master Butter Knife (6 7/8 inches)

Lemon Fork (4 7/8  inches)

Steak Carving Fork (9 inches)

Cream Soup Spoon (6 1/4  inches)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Charles II by Lunt

Not to be confused with the Charles II pattern by Dominick and Haff I posted on earlier, this Charles II pattern was introduced by Lunt in 1934. And, unlike the other pattern which was designed by Gilbert Crowell, Frederick W. Koonz designed Lunt's pattern. Koonz also designed American Victorian and Modern Victorian for Lunt.

The design of this pattern consists of fruits and flowers at the base of the terminal and the top of stem. The terminal has an open area suitable for engraving. The embellishment at the bottom of the stem and on the shoulder is elegant and substantial. This is truly a beautiful pattern.

Bullion Soup Spoon  (5 1/8  inches)

Large Jelly Server (6 1/4  inches)
Large Solid Jelly Server

Baby Fork (4 5/8 inches)

Baby Fork

Butter Spreader (6 5/8  inches)

Butter Spreader Hollow Hdl-Paddle/Stainless Blade