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, May 2, 2014

Grape by Saart

Grape by Saart, introduced in 1905,  has a lovely etched design of bunches of grapes, leaves, and vines. There is an open medallion on the terminal suitable for engraving. Below that the design of the grape vine full of the fruit and leaves works its way down the stem.

 Medium Chipped Beef Fork (6 5/8 inches)

Medium Chipped Beef Fork

Cream Ladle  (7 1/2 inches)

Cream Ladle Solid Bright Cut

Short Handled Olive Spoon  (6 1/4 inches)
Pierced Bowl Short Handle Olive Spoon

Sugar Tongs  (4 1/2 inches)

Large Sugar Tongs

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Number 1 by Saart

Another pattern by Saart, Number 1 was introduced in 1900. This pattern has a lovely ornate design of layered leaves on the edges of the terminal and a motif on the top of the stem. The end of the stem also has a simple but elegant design. Also this makes for a strong but beautiful pattern.

Lettuce Serving Fork  (8 3/8 inches)

Large Lettuce Serving Fork

Bouillon Soup Spoon (4 3/4 inches)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Rosebud by Saart

Rosebud by Saart introduced in 1903 is a simple pattern. The end of the terminal is surrounded by a thin border of minute rose buds with a larger one on the tip. Other than a double line outlining the stem, there is no other adornment to the design. Saart is not a company you see often.

Fruit/Orange Spoon  (6 inches)
Fruit/orange Spoon

Individual Salt Spoon  (2 5/8 inches)
Individual Salt Spoon

Small Chipped Beef Fork (6 1/2 inches)
Small Chipped Beef Fork

Orange Knife  (7 inches)

Orange Knife With Silverplate Blade