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 26, 2014

St. Louis by Watson

St. Louis introduced in 1904 by Watson is another Rococo style pattern with the swirls on the edges. Other patterns of this style that come to mind include  Kings Court by Frank Whiting, Junior Rococo by Mauser-Wendell, and Louis XV by Whiting.

Berry Fork (4 7/8 inches)

Joint Roast Holder (9 1/2 inches)

Master Salt Spoon (3 inches)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Holly by Alvin

In honor of the Yuletide, Holly by Alvin. The pattern dates back to 1900. 

Teaspoon (5 5/8 inches)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Princess by Watson

Watson introduced its Princess pattern in 1908 and it should not be confused with the Princess Patterns by Shiebler, Stieff, or Towle that I have already posted on. These four patterns are so different. It is interesting to see how four designers with four companies had "Princess" in mind when they named each of these patterns. Although each is befitting of the name.

Small Chipped Beef Fork (5 3/4 inches)

Macaroni Server (7 inches)

One Tine Butter Pick

Bon Bon Scoop (4 1/4 Inches)