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, February 23, 2018

Sparta by Cohr

In the 1860's  goldsmith named Ditlev Madsen Cohr opened his workshop in Denmark making silver flatware. The business was passed down to his eldest son,  Carl Madsen Cohr. Brought the company into the 'modern' world with mechanical machinery. In the 1921's the company produced silverplated peices under the ATLA Silverplate name.
From then until 1981, the company was bought and sold several times. However, the last factory was closed in 1987. 
Danish silver has cleaner lines, some of the most well known are based on art deco designs with unique touches.
I could not find the introduction date when Cohr first sold their Sparta pattern. From the history of the company, I assume the pattern is at least 30 years old and more likely older. 
Individual Fish Knife (8 1/2 inches)

Large Serving Fork (8 5/8 inches)

Boullion Soup Spoon (5 5/8 inches)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Jubilee by Reed and Barton

Reed and Barton introduced their Julbilee in 1936. It was designed by Carl Conrad Braun
in the Art Deco style.

One Tine Butter Pick (6 3/8 inches)

Sugar Tongs (4 inches)


Small Steak Carving Knife (11 3/8 inches)

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Wave by Unger

Unger's The Wave pattern dates back to 1904. It is an example of the art deco design in sterling. And, personally, my favorite period of sterling design. The design is very intricate showing a lady grasping her arms around a wave. On the stem, there is a design of cat tails.

Teaspoon  (5 3/4 inches)

Fork (6 3/4 inches)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Newcastle by Gorham

Newcastle by Gorham was introduced in 1895.

Fish Fork  (7 inches)

Sugar Sifter (6 1/4 inches)

Cracker Spoon (8 1/4 inches)

Horseraddish Serving Spoon (5 3/4 inches)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

He Loves Me by Unger

Another exquisite art nouveau pattern by Unger, He Loves Me is an example of the 'Golden' age of sterling silver flatware. It is in the style of Loves Dream , Cupid's Nosegay, and She Loves Me, all 1904 by Unger.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Merrimack by Towle

Merrimack by Towle (1916  ) is described as a 'hammered' design.

Child's Fork (4 3/8 inches)

One Tine Butter Pick 

Five O'Clock Teaspoon (5 inches)

Strawberry Fork (5 3/8 inches)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018

Stately by State House / Oneida

If you are not familiar with 'State House' silver, there is a reason why. It is actually not a company but a line of sterling from Oneida. The 3 patterns of the State House line were not distributed through retail stores. They were made for private distribution.

The Stately pattern was introduced in 1948. Is one of the 3 'State House' patterns, along with Formality and Inaugural. Grosvenor N. Allen & Mary Parker Fleming  designed the pattern for State House/Oneida. They also designed Damask Rose (1946),  designs of Stanton Hall (1951), Ribbon Rose (1942), and Castle Rose.

Hallmark Silver Co is founded in New York, NY. It is active in the early 1900s till around 1954. The company later merged with Hunt Silver Co in the year 1954 and renamed Hunt-Hallmark Co.

Ice Cream Fork (5 5/8 inches)

Grille Knife (8 3/8 inches)

Sugar Spoon (6 1/8 inches)

Spanish Tracery by Gorham

Gorham introduced Spanish Tracery in 1970. A different feature of this pattern is the "Black Accent", meaning the design itself is on a black Background.

Ice Tea Spoon (7 3/4 inches)

Two Piece Wooden Bowl Salad Serving Set

Sugar Spoon (6 1/8 inches)

Lemon Fork (5 5/8 inches)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Silver Swirl by Wallace

Designer : William S. Warren

Silver Swirl by Wallace is yet another pattern designed by William Warren (who also designed Rose Point,  Sir Christopher, Grand Baroque , and Romance of the Sea). It was introduced in 1955.

Seafood Fork (5 5/8 inches)

Bon Bon Spoon (5 7/8 inches)