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, June 23, 2017

Victorian by Weidlich

In 1935 Weidlich introduced their Victorian pattern. There is also a "Victorian" pattern by Dugin.


Small Cold Beef Serving Fork (7 1/4 inches)

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Curved Handle Baby Spoon (3 1/2 inches)

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Steak Carving Fork (8 3/8 inches)

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Angelo by Gorham

Gorham's Angelo pattern was introduced 1870. It should not confused with Wood and Hughes Angelo pattern or  Knowles and Mount Vernon's Angelo pattern.

Large Sugar Sifter (8 inches)

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Preserve Spoon (9 7/8 inches)

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Byzantine by Gorham

Gorham's Byzantine dates back to 1865. It has long since been discontinued and is hard to find. This is not to be confused with Woods and Hughes pattern by the same name that dates back to 1875.

Large Pie Knife (9 3/4 inches)

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make sure this doesnt match woods and hughs byzantine

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cairo by Wallace

 Wallace's Cairo pattern dates back to 1908, while Gorhams pattern with the same name (that I could not find any examples of) dates back to 1880.


Large Jelly Knife (8 1/2 inches)

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Individual Salt Spoon ( 2 3/4 Inches)

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Large Sugar Tongs (4 1/2 inches)

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tea Rose by Weidlich

Weidlich introduced their Tea Rose pattern in 1940. It is a simple yet pretty pattern.


Ice Cream Fork (5 7/8 inches)
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Lemon Fork  (4 3/8)
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Monday, June 12, 2017

New Standish by Durgin

Durgin introduced their New Standish pattern in 1905. It is a simple yet lovely pattern.

Large Pie Knife (9 2/8 inches)

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Large Sugar Sifter (7 inches)

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Lemon Fork (5 1/4 inches)

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Clinton by JB and SM Knowles

Unlike Tiffany's Clinton pattern, Knowles' Clinton pattern is much more ornate. It dates back to 1880.

Table Serving Spoon (8 3/4 inches)

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Sugar Shell (6 inches)

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Flat Handle Master Butter Knife (7 1/2 inches)

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Gumbo Soup Spoons (Part 2)

Another selection of Gumbo Soup Spoons. I have posted on these earlier.

Chantilly by Gorham (6 5/8 inches)

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Repousse by Kirk Stieff  (& 5/8 inches)

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Marlborough by Reed and Barton (7 1/4 inches)

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Chapel Bells by Alvin (6 7/8 inches)

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Louis XVI by Dominick and Haff

Dominick and Haff introduced their Louis XVI pattern in 1925. (Reed and Barrton, Gorham, Louis Gantereau, Shreve Silver, and Mount Vernon also had patterns by that name.) 

Fork (7 1/8  inches)

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Cream Ladle (5 1/2 inches)

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Salad Serving Fork (9 inches)

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Brunswick by Watson

I could not find a year of introduction for Watson's Brunswick pattern. I will continue looking. It is a lovely pattern nonetheless.


Old Style Pickle Fork (5 1/4  inches)

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Butter Knife (6 1/2  inches)

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Sugar Shell (5 1/2 inches)

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