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, July 4, 2014

Miss America by Alvin

Miss America was introduced by Alvin in 1902. Axel H. Staf designed the pattern for the company. Given the first  "Miss America" pageant was not held until 1921, I am afraid this pattern is in no way related, unless Alvin was ahead of its time. The pattern is distinguished with a simple border around the terminal and stem then with a simple reeded motif down the bottom of the stem.


Oyster Fork (5 3/8  inches)

Oyster Fork


Pierced Table serving Spoon (8 1/2 inches)

Pierced Tablespoon (serving Spoon)


Flat Handle Butter Spreader (5 3/4 inches)

Flat Handle Butter Spreader

Salad Fork (6 1/2 inches)

Individual Salad Fork

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