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, February 20, 2017

Orleans by Michael J. Fina

Continuing with Orleans, this is the one introduced by Micheal C. Fina in 1934.  This pattern is fairly unique in that due to the nature of the heavy design, most of the pieces are hollow handle. And all the examples I could find were serving pieces, so this may be a "limited" pattern made up of only serving pieces. Tiffany has several such patterns.

Casserole Spoon (9 inches)

Small Steak Carving Fork (9 1/2 inches)

Gravy Ladle (7 inches)

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