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 23, 2014

Colonial by Tiffany

Another pattern by Tiffany, Paulding Farnham designed Colonial for them in 1895. He is also known for his later patterns of  Marquise, Renaissance, and St. James  he also designed for Tiffany. As well as Richilieu, that he designed in 1892. The design of Colonial is fairly simple with a leaf motif at the end of the terminal and the terminal and stem being edged by a triple line which curls outward at the base of the stem.

Cheese Scoop (3 3/4 inches)

Egg Spoon (4  5/8 inches)

Pierced Egg Server (9 1/4 inches)

Pastry Fork (6 5/8 inches)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Century by Tiffany

Arthur Leroy Barney designed Century for Tiffany in 1937. The  pattern is Art Deco in its straight lines and the  treatment on the terminal. Barney also designed Castilian for Tiffany, but he is most well known for his design of Tiffany's Indian pattern

Salad Fork ( 6/8 inches)

Individual Salad Fork

Knife (9 1/2 inches)

Flat Handle Butter Spreader ( 6 1/8 inches)

Iced Tea Spoon (7 3/4 inches)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sugar Shells (Part 3)

Sugar Shells are one of my favorite pieces in any pattern. They are usually elaborate and a wonderful example of the pattern's design. I have posted on this piece several times before.

Grand Colonial by Wallace (6 inches)

Grand Victorian by Wallace (6 3/8  inches)

Bridal Flower by Watson (5  1/2 inches)

King by Dominick and Haff (6 1/4  inches)