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, December 4, 2017

Blenheim by Mayer

Mayer introduced Blenheim in 1906. 

Strawberry Fork (4 7/8 inches)

Long Handle Olive Spoon (7 1/4 inches)

Lemon Fork (4 3/8 inches)

French Hollow Knife (9 1/2 inches)


  1. This seems to be a fairly rare pattern, but I found a nearly complete set for six over a decade ago. As Mayer Brother's was a Seattle company, and I am a Seattleite, this set always has a story at dinners. It's a very understated yet elegant pattern.

    1. Thank you for that information about the pattern. It is facts and stories like one this you have shared that help everyone learn more about different patterns and hopefully understand the art of sterling flatware. Also, I always appreciate your reading the Blog, ACW