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, August 1, 2014

One Tine Butter Pick - Part 3

Once again, some examples of the One Tine Butter Pick as I have posted on before, one of the more interesting pieces in every flatware pattern.

Repousse by Kirk Stieff (6 inches)

Stieff Rose by Kirk Stieff (4 7/8 inches)

Milburn Rose by Westmorland (6  inches)

Violet by Wallace (5 3/4 inches)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Marcell by International

In 1907 International introduced Marcell. The design is one of leaves and vines around an elongated terminal with an edge similar to an unfolded scroll. The pattern is different and lovely.

Salad Fork  (6 1/8 inches)
Individual Salad Fork

Bouillon Ladle (8 inches)
Bouillon Ladle

Long Handle Pickle Fork (8  5/8  inches)
Long Handle Pickle/olive Fork

Monday, July 28, 2014

La Rochelle by International

La Rochelle by International was introduced in 1909. The design is a unique and elaborate pattern. The shoulders of the serving pieces are decorated with a pair of leafy boughs. The terminal design is one of a combination of leaves and branches. A flower divides the terminal from the stem.

Small Chipped Beef Fork ( inches)
Small Chipped Beef Fork

Fruit Knife (inches)
Individual Fruit Knife With Silverplate Blade

Small Berry Spoon ( inches)
Small Solid Berry/casserole Spoon

Large Jelly Knife  ( inches)
Large Jelly Knife