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?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pastry Fork (Part 2)

Several years ago I posted on several Pastry Forks, one of my favorite place pieces in an extended place setting. Usually they are extremely ornate. Here are so more examples.

Baronial by Gorham  (5 3/4 inches)

Rose by Wallace ( 6 inches)

Violet by Wallace (6 inches)

Les Six Fleurs by Reed and Barton (6 3/8 inches)


  1. How do pastry forks differ from salad forks and fish forks?

  2. Often times they don't and in some patterns the fish fork is larger and the pastry fork usually has one slightly longer tine. There are some patterns where the piece is used interchangeably, and in another pattern the fish fork is but 4 inches long. The only thing consistent is the inconsistency of the pieces in any one pattern compared to another even among manufacturers. You can really see the difference when I use many different patterns at one time to set a large table.

    1. Thank you.

      I have a salad fork in Tiffany's "Olympian" and it is almost as long as a regular fork. Wallace's "Irian" is also large.