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bibit

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iconnumber posted 07-29-2006 12:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bibit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I first discovered sterling when my Grandmother passed away. I quicky learned the value of sterling and the wonderful prizes that show up when it is polished. Seems I just missed the Southern girl silver wedding gifts and I had never experienced sterling. I also found in cleaning up her estate, silverplate flatware pieces from 4 or so generations of my family. I loved looking up the patterns and finding the dates and hooking it up to its family members.
Of all the sterling, flatware is my fave. I like icetea spoons, cream soup spoons and salad forks best. A strange piece like a Tomato server is not out of my scope. Sterling feels like such a luxury.

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rian

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iconnumber posted 07-31-2006 07:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love sterling flatware also, bibit. I did get wedding silver in Towle's Candlelight, but I collect odd pieces in older patterns. There is so much machine-made American patterned flatware out there, that it can be used without guilt. Single teaspoons and a sugar spoon or tongs in different patterns are fun to lay out when you get together with friends. No need to wait for a special occasion!

Sterling patterns have the same appeal as patchwork patterns in quilts or the patterns of foliage in a garden. It isn't just the beauty, it's the mental satisfaction that you get from recognizing the pattern.

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witzhall

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iconnumber posted 07-31-2006 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for witzhall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also love sterling, bibit, in whatever form I can see it! I was lucky enough not to miss the silver-for-wedding-present era, having received Tiffany's Faneuil pattern. I agree with you, rian, that it's more than just the beauty of sterling silver that is impressive; what particularly speaks to me is the history - the connection that old silver makes between us and the artisans and culture of the past, when beautiful pieces were produced one at a time.

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-31-2006 10:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is so great to hear such enthusiasm for silver. So glad you are all joining our silver family.

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bibit

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iconnumber posted 08-03-2006 02:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bibit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
smile oh boy now I have people to talk Sterling with...love it.

I really enjoy the "art" of flatware best. How patterns fit eras and people. I seem to lean toward the simple, atomic, deco or modern patterns.
I have noticed that in the South most of the Sterling fans have Gorham Chantilly or Strasbourg or another Gorham flowery pattern. I have not come across Towle (ohh..I would like a piece of Contour and Vespera) so I assume you are from the North East! I think it would be an interesting study, in what areas of the country enjoy which patterns.
What patterns are everyone faves?

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witzhall

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iconnumber posted 08-03-2006 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for witzhall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
bibit, your enthusiasm is great! My main interest actually lies with American silver before sterling - coin silver, particularly spoons, made by silversmiths who worked in the area in which my ancestors lived (New England, Philadelphia). For the most part, coin silver didn't have patterns at the time. There are styles that are typical for certain periods, often corresponding to styles that have come from England and the continent in silver other decorative arts, but with unique American interpretations. Of those my favorites are ones made before 1800 - quite plain, but with an independent and balanced beauty.

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rian

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iconnumber posted 08-14-2006 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
bibit, my favorite patterns keep changing. The first silver that I bought for myself were orphan teaspoons in the flower patterns that were popular from the 1890s til just after the turn of the century. Then I became more interested in the detailed intricate patterns of the 1870s and early 80s. From there I went backwards into the designs of the 1850s and 60s. I can remember when I thought medallion patterns were silly looking. Now I collect them.

I don't have too much room to go in that direction before I start to leave the machine age, so in a year or so I may be standing next to you in front of a silver booth at an antiques fair looking at pieces of Contour and Vespera.

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