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, April 25, 2014

"Lace" Patterns

"Lace" is another popular name in sterling flatware. Since the designers would hope their patterns of sterling would resemble delicate lace, it would make sense that they would use "Lace" in the name. Here are a few examples.

Floral Lace by Lunt (1967)
Pierced Tablespoon (8 3/8 inches)

Pierced Tablespoon (serving Spoon)

Florentine Lace by Reed and Barton (1951)
Salad Fork (6 1/2 inches)

Individual Salad Fork

Queens Lace by International (1949)
Salad Fork  (6 1/2 inches)

Individual Salad Fork

Spanish Lace by Wallace (1964)
Salad Fork  (6 5/8 inches)

Individual Salad Fork

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Patterns

It is that time of year when the flowers bloom and we are reminded that winter has finally passed. "Spring" was a popular theme with silver designers. Here are a few examples.

Breath of Spring II by Amston (1952)
Fork (7 1/8 inches)


Spring Glory by International (1952 ) Designed by Lillian V. M. Helander
Seafood Fork (5 5/8 inches)

Cocktail/seafood Fork

Springtime by International (1935) Designed by Alfred G. Kintz and Frederick W. Stark
Seafood fork (5 5/8 inches)

Cocktail/seafood Fork

Springfield Engraved by Unger (1900)
Dessert Spoon (7 1/8 inches)

Dessert/oval Soup Spoon

Monday, April 21, 2014

Queen Anne Patterns

Here are the patterns (I found) named for Queen Anne. You will notice that each of these is very simple and plain.

Queen Anne by Tuttle (1928)  
(Fork) (7 Inches)


Queen Anne by Tiffany (1870)
(Sardine Serving Fork) (5 1/2 inches)

Small Solid Tined Sardine Serving Fork

Queen Anne by Dominick and Haff  (1910)
Sardine Serving Fork  (6 inches)

Large Solid Tined Sardine Serving Fork

I also found Queen Anne by Gorham (1870) , Mount Vernon (1914), and Reed and Barton (1910), although I could not find any examples of these patterns.