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?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Irian by Wallace

Henrik Hillbom designed Irian for Wallace and it was introduced in 1902. Hillbom went on to design the more well know pattern, Peony for Wallace in 1906. A majestic art nouveau design showing a dancing female figure on the terminal with a heavy design of flowers and leaves on the stem. A beautiful floral motif decorates the shoulders of the serving pieces.

French Hollow Handle Knife  (9 5/8 inches)
Old French Hollow Knife With Bolster

Bon Bon Scoop  (5 1/8 inches)
Bon Bon Scoop

Salad Serving Fork  (8 7/8 inches)
Salad Serving Fork, Solid Piece

Oval Soup Spoon  (7 1/8 inches)
Dessert/oval Soup Spoon

1 comment:

  1. Just acquired a casserole spoon in Irian. It's typical of the many art nouveau patterns incorporating the female form that were very popular in the Edwardian era (1901-1910).