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?

Monday, October 12, 2015

Prelude by International

International introduced their Prelude pattern in 1939. 

Hollow Handle Butter Spreader  (5 7/8 inches)

Bar Knife (9 1/4 inches)

Sherbert Spoon (5 5/7 inches)

Large Cold Meat Serving Fork (9 inches)


  1. Sort of pattern one would expect a "maiden lady" to choose. Not a hint of boldness or assertiveness, it's plain, simple, and proper to a tee. I can see why some would like it, but it has never really appealed to me.

  2. It reminds me of the tatted handkerchief my old maiden Aunt Kat carried with her in her purse - prim and proper.

  3. The same designer, Alfred Kintz, also gave us International's "Wedgwood" which is shaped similarly but is much more detailed and visually interesting.