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, December 8, 2017

Benjamin Franklin aka Ben Franklin by Towle

Benjamin Franklin aka Ben Franklin was introduced by Towle in 1904. It was designed by
George P. Tilton designed this pattern for Towle. Tilton also dsigned Glenmore (1880), Old English (1892) , Princess (1892), Empire (1894).

Orange Spoon (5 7/8 inches)

 Solid Serving Asparagus Fork (10 1/8 inches)

Cheese Scoop (7 3/8 inches)

Individual Fish Knife (8 1/4 inches)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Betsy Patterson by Steiff

Steiff introduced Betsy Patterson in 1932. I can only assume this pattern was named for Elizabeth Patterson "Betsy" Bonaparte (1785 -1879). Betsy Patterson, the daughter of a Baltimore, Maryland merchant. More importantly, the first wife of Jérôme Bonaparte, Napoleon's youngest brother. 

Egg Spoon (6 inches)

Joint Roast Holder Fork (10 1/2 inches)

Tomato Server (7 1/2 inches)

Bon Bon Spoon (5 1/2 inches)

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)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cordis by Tiffany

One of Tiffany's more simpler pattern. Cordis was introduced in 1958. It was designed by
Oscar Riedener.

Flat Handled Butter Spreader (6 inches)

Serving Fork (8 7/8 inches)

Two Tine Butter Pick (5 5/8 inches)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Delacourt by Lunt

Lunt introduced Delacourt in 1966. 

Sugar Shell (6 1/4 inches)

Cake Breaker (11 1/4 inches)

Buffet Spoon (8 inches)

Pie Server (10 3/4 inches)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Edgemont aka Late Georgian by Gorham

Gorham orginally introduced this pattern as Late Georgian in 1934. It is an Art Deco design. Then in 1987 Gorham reintroduced the same pattern as Edgemont

Salad Fork (6 5/8 inches)

Orange Knife (7 inches)

Sugar Tongs (3 3/4 inches)

Ice Tea Spoon (7 1/2 inches)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Contempora by Dominick and Haff

Contempora introduced in 1930 by Dominick and Haff. The pattern was designed by Eleicl Saarinen. The unique design is based on the art deco shape of the Chrysler Building in New York.

Grille Knife (8 1/2 inches)

Fruit/Orange Spoon (6 inches)

Bon Bon Spoon (5 inches)

Ice Cream Fork (5 3/8 inches)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Alexander by Dominick and Haff

Alexandra was introduced by Dominick and Haff in 1903.

Fish Fork (6 1/4 inches)

Sugar Sifter (6 inches)

Long Handle Olive Fork (7 1/4 inches)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Sandwich Fork Part 2

I posted on this piece earlier. The Sandwich Fork is a practical piece that is not easily found. Often it is mistaken for a small potato fork.

Roman by JB and SM Knowles (7 7/8 inches)

Plymouth by Gorham (7 inches)

Virginia Carvel by Towle (7 1/4 inches)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Japanese by Tiffany

Japanese was introduced by Tiffany in 1871. The pattern was designed by Edward G. Moore (1827-1891)who was Tiffany's chief designer This was Tiffany's first silverware in the Japanese style and was a dramatic departure from earlier patterns. It became one of their most highly acclaimed patterns.

There were patterns by many other companies named "Japanese", but Tiffany's was by far the most esteemed. 

Table Serving Spoon (8 3/4 inches)

Master Butter (8 inches)

Salad Serving Fork (9 1/2 inches)

Cheese Knife (7 inches)