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?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Madam Jumel by Whiting

Madam Jumel was introduced by Whiting in 1908. And for those who do not recognize the name, Madam Eliza Jumel was quite the controversial figure of her time. She started off as a cleaning girl in a brothel, managed to marry a French wine merchant. They lived in France since she was frowned upon by the New York elite. He died then she moved back to America, married former Vice President Aaron Burr, whom she divorced in 1836 on the date of his death. She went on to live to the age of 90 and died in 1865. Now that is a life worthy a sterling pattern!

Large Casserole Spoon (9 inches)
Large Solid Berry/casserole Spoon

Fork (6 7/8 inches)


Nut Pick (4 3/8 inches)

Solid Nut Pick

Short Handled Olive Spoon (6 inches)

Pierced Bowl Short Handle Olive Spoon

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