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, June 27, 2014

Eton by Campbell-Metcalf

Eton was only made by Campbell-Metcalf from 1892-1898. this pattern should not be confused with Wallace's Eton (1903). This design is one of strong scrolls and curves.

Chipped Beef Fork  (7 inches)

Small Chipped Beef Fork

Master Butter Knife  (6  5/8 inches)

Orange Spoon (5 1/4  inches)

Fruit/orange Spoon

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Thistle by Blackinton

Once again Thistle is a Blackinton pattern that I cannot find the date when it was introduced. Each piece is decorated with a very ornate and distinctive pattern of the thistle bush, leaves, and flower. It is well carried out and a lovely pattern.

Pierced Bowl Olive Spoon (6 1/8 inches)

Pierced Bowl Short Handle Olive Spoon

Sugar Spoon (5 5/8  inches)

Sugar Spoon

Bon Bon Tongs (3  3/4 inches)

Bon Bon Tongs

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sweetbrier by Blackinton

I could not find the year Blackinton introduced Sweetbrier. The design of the pattern has several leaves in the terminal and several blossoms and leaves on the top of the stem and then again at the bottom of the stem. It is a beautiful pattern that carries the theme well.

Tomato Server (7 inches)

Tomato Server, Solid Piece

Flat Handle Master Butter Knife (6 1/2  inches)

Flat Handle Master Butter Knife

Short Handled Pickled Fork (6  inches)

Short Handle Pickle/olive Fork