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, December 5, 2014

Martha Hilton by Watson

Charles F. Simms designed Martha Hilton for Watson and it was introduced in 1914. For those who do not know the namesake of the pattern, she was the infamous maid who at 23 married the elder Governor Wentworth of New Hampshire in 1760. After 10 years of marriage Governor Wentworth died leaving his nephew as Governor and the bulk of his wealthy estate to his wife. The nephew challenged the will and lost. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized the story in 1863 with his poem Lady Wentworth. All this will get one a sterling pattern named for you.

The design has the lines of an old pattern with a rather plain stem with a simple double line around the stem and terminal. The terminal  has a flat end with a simple motif. There is a coordinating motif on the stem.

Fork (7 3/8 inches)

Knife (9 3/4 inches)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lady Sterling by Weidlich

Weidlich introduced Lady Sterling in 1925. By design this pattern represents something much older. If you look back on some of the older patterns you will understand what I am referring to. There is no differential between the terminal and stem and the main design feature is in the middle of the  handle of the piece. The motif itself is ornate.
Butter Spreader (5 7/8 inches)


Pie Knife (9 5/8 inches)

Fish Serving Fork (8 1/2 inches)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Springfield by Unger

And in total juxtaposition to the art nouveau and heavily designed pieces Unger produced there is Springfield, a very simple plain pattern they introduced in 1900. This design is more in keeping with the colonial designs by other companies. 

The terminal is clean of decoration, the only design being a gently pointed terminal. Even the shoulders, stems and bowls that often display some flourish are blank.

Pierced Olive Spoon (6 inches)

Pie Server (10 5/8 inches)