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, January 29, 2016

Quintessence by Lunt

Lunt introduced Quintessence in 1990. It is a multi-motif pattern. And although a rather new pattern, it has the lines and design that hearken back to the golden days of sterling. Note the different floral design on the terminal of each of the examples.

Fork (8 inches)

Fried Egg Server (9 1/2 inches)

Ice Scoop (9 inches)

Oval Soup Spoon (6 7/8 inches)


  1. I did not realize that new patterns of sterling flatware were still being introduced in 1990.

  2. Great blog! The sterling silver flatware piece is so unique and exquisite. I love these floral designs on spoons which makes it very elegant.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. Sterling silver is unique and elegant and often overlooked in the silver box, cabinet or the bottom of the dining room buffet.