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, September 27, 2017

Orange Blossom New and Old Orange Blossom by Alvin

I found this fascinating. There are often popular names used in sterling flatware patterns. Different companies will release patterns with the same name, each being unique. For example there are 5 patterns named "Rose" alone. And over 200 with the word "Rose" in the name. Each being distinct from the others. There are 6 different patterns named "Orange Blossom" alone with totally different designs.

There also some patterns, companies have introduced twice, with different manufacturing markings, but the design itself it the same or the difference so minuscule, the common eye cannot tell the difference.  

Orange Blossom by Alvin is unique in that the "Old Orange Blossom" was introduced in 1905. Then in 1920, "Orange Blossom New" was introduced. However the patterns are entirely different. 

Old Orange Blossom (1905) (Knife 9 3/4 inches)

Orange Blossom New (1920)  (Knife 9 3/4 inches)

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