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, September 30, 2016

Louis XIV by Towle

In 1924 Towle introduced its Louis XIV that was designed by Harold E. Nock.    Other Patterns also credited to Nock include: OldLace (1939)D'Orleans 
(1932), Candlelight (1934), Royal Windsor (1935), Virginia Carvel (1919), Rambler Rose (1937), Chased Diana (1925), Old Master (1942), Lady Constance,  and Lady Mary.

Gumbo - Round Soup Bowl (6 7/8 inches)

Large Lettuce Fork (9 inches)

Salt Spoon (2 5/8 inches)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ice Serving Tongs Part 2 (

Another look at Ice Serving Tongs, like I posted before some have claw tongs and others not.

Chesterfield by Gorham (6 3/4 inches)

Buckingham by Gorham (6 3/4 inches)

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Lancaster by Gorham (6 5/8 inches)

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Old Master by Towle (8 3/8 inches)

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Scroll by Durgin

Durgin introduced its beautiful Scroll pattern in 1886. The design that ascends in size from the terminal to the end of the stem, is more an elaborate display of leaves and flowers

Teaspoon (5 3/4 inches)

Fork (7 1/4 inches)

Long Handle Oyster Fork (7 inches)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Laurel by Frank Smith

Frank Smith introduced their Laurel pattern in 1927. The design is a simple but elegant motif of a ribbon and laurel wreath. 

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Teaspoon (5 5/8 inches)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

La Modele by Gorham

Ernest Meyers designed La Modele for Gorham in 1909. He was also the designer of one of Gorham's more popular patterns Francis I.

Small Chipped Beef Fork (6 1/ inches)

Small Soup Ladle (11 7/8 inches)

Large Pea Serving Spoon (8 1/2 inches)

Salad Fork (6 3/8 inches)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Chesterfield by Gorham

Gorham introduced its Chesterfield pattern in 1908. 

Tomato Server (7 3/4 inches)

Fruit/Orange Spoon (5 3/4 inches)

Egg Spoon (4 7/8 inches)

Lettuce Serving Fork (8 3/4 inches)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Chipped Beef Fork - Part 4

A while back I posted on Chipped Beef Forks, here are some more examples.

Louis IV by Towle (6 3/4 inches)
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Georgian by Towle (6 3/8 inches)
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Versailles by Gorham (6 1/2  inches)

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Mount Vernon by Lunt (6 inches)

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Japanese by Gorham

Gorham's Japanese pattern dates back to 1870, making it one of the their patterns.

Master Butter Knife (7 1/4 inches)

Ice Serving Spoon (9 1/2 inches)

Salad Serving Fork (9 inches)

Table Serving Spoon (8 5/8 inches)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Poppy by Baker Manchester

Another "Poppy" pattern, Baker Manchester's Poppy is also multi motif. Note the difference of the poppy motif on the tip of the terminals of these difference pieces.  

Pierced Olive Spoon (6 3/8 inches)

Cocktail Fork (5 5/8 inches)

Chipped Beef Fork (5 1/4 inches)

Sugar Tongs (4 1/2 inches)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Poppy by Gorham

Gorham introduced their multi motif Poppy pattern in 1902. I was surprised when I realized that in the years I have been writing this blog, I have not posted this pattern, since it was one of the first examples I added to my collection.

Tomato Server (6 1/4 inches)

Two Tine Butter Pick (5 7/8 inches)

Fruit/Orange Spoon (5 3/4 inches)

Small Sugar Sifter (5 3/8 inches)