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, December 7, 2016

Floral by Paye and Baker

This is a random pattern by Paye and Baker that sports an elaborate floral design - hence the name - Floral. Note unlike most patterns where the pieces are decorated with the design, in this case, the design is the piece.

Youth Fork (5 3/4 inches)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Fish Serving Fork - Small

As I posted on earlier, the Fish Serving Fork come in two sizes - large and small and  the sizes of over lap in different patterns. I found examples of small Fish Serving Forks as large as  inches and as small as  inches. Here are a few examples of the "Small" size.

Chantilly by Gorham (7 5/8 inches)  9 5/8   7 1/2

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Versailles by Gorham (8 1/8 inches)

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Richelieu by Tiffany (9 1/4) (the "Large" size is 9 5/8 inches)
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Old Style Pickle Fork Part 4

I have posted on the piece several times. However, here are more examples of the lovely Old Style Pickle Fork, which is a very versatile piece in a pattern.

Josephine by Alvin  (6 1/4 inches)

Japanese by Gorham (6 inches)

Chesterfield by Gorham  (5 7/8 inches)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Brentwood by Birks

Birks introduced their Brentwood pattern in 1914.

Cake Break (10 5/8 inches)

Sugar Tongs (4 inches)

Cake Slicer (9 3/4 inches)

Small Cream Ladle  (5 1/2 inches)

Monday, November 28, 2016

American Garden by Tiffany

Another lovely Tiffany pattern, American Garden is fairly new having only been introduced in 1992.

Oversize Salad Serving Spoon  (( 7/8 inches)

Large Cold Meat Serving Fork  (9 inches)

Seafood Fork (6 1/8 inches)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Cranberry Server - Part 4

Once again in honor of Thanksgiving, I'm going to revisit the Cranberry Server. I have posted on it several times earlier.

Maderia (1948) (8 5/8  inches) by Towle

Paul Revere (1906) (8 1/2 inches) by Towle

Frontenac (8 1/4 inches) by International Silver

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Plymouth by Watson

Watson introduced their Plymouth pattern in 1905. So in honor of Thanksgiving, here is a fairly simple pattern but in the typical colonial style.

Salad Fork (6 1/4 Inches)

Jelly Cake Server (8 1/8 inches)

French Hollow Knife (9 3/4 inches)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Governor Dummer by Watson

Named for a well known Governor of the Providence of Massachusetts in the early 1700's, Watson's Governor Dummer pattern was introduced in 1925. It has the simple lines of many "Colonial" style patterns.

Cucumber Server (6 1/2 inches)

Flat Handle Master Butter Knife (7 1/8 inches)

Fork (7 1/8 inches)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Oxford by Reed and Barton

Reed and Barton introduced their Oxford pattern in 1928. Don't confuse this with Gorham's Oxford pattern of 1895.

Teaspoon (6 inches)

Lemon Fork (4 3/8 inches)

Small Sugar Tongs (4 1/4 inches)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Juliana by Watson

Juliana was introduced in 1938 by Watson. The pattern was designed by Percy B. Ball. It is a simple design with a straight raised edge encircling the stem, topped with a bold element on the terminal that does not overwhelm it. Among several others, Ball also designed Dorian Rose for Watson in 1937. 

Ice Cream Fork (5 5/8 inches)

Iced Tea Spoon (7 3/8 inches)

Cheese Server (6 1/2 inches)

Jelly Server (7 inches)