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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mother's Silver

My sister sent me a little gift today. Half of our mother's silverware. When my mother passed away several years ago, she had very little to leave to her only two children. But then, we didn't expect anything... she didn't raise us, and we hardly knew her. So this gift from my sister comes to me because my sister wanted me to have it... and I will cherish it because it came from her...
The pattern is a Reed Barton pattern, but I don't know it's name... yet.

It is pretty, with roses and an unusual
curl at the base of the handles. Do YOU know this pattern?

Tarnished and uncared for....
Not surprising, all things considered...
down here in French Lique...

update! Thanks to Mimi at In the Middle of Nowhere, I have the pattern name:
Discontinued Pattern: CLASSIC ROSE (STERLING, 1954, MONOGRAMS) by REED & BARTON SILVER, Sterling Pattern #: 1954
My parents were married in 1954 and I was born in December of that same year. Now we know... this was my mother's bridal silver.

26 comments:

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh sweetie...
What a wonderful surprise to have this silver passed on to you. I think it is beautiful with the little curled edge on the ends. The roses are so entriquite on the handles. I love it. I don't know the pattern but it is beautiful. Thanks for sharing with me today.

Country hugs, Sherry

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

I love that your sister gave these to you. The curl in the handle is amazing. Nope. I don't know the pattern. I would leave them tarnished and throw them in something glass...a Mason jar for the primitive with the silver maybe. Enjoy! ~Mindy

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

I love that your sister gave these to you. The curl in the handle is amazing. Nope. I don't know the pattern. I would leave them tarnished and throw them in something glass...a Mason jar for the primitive with the silver maybe. Enjoy! ~Mindy

trash talk said...

Maybe before, but I know they will be polished and tended to as only you can. Your sister is the treasure!
I'll see if I can find out anything on the pattern for you.
Debbie

Scrappy Doo said...

Beautiful. The fact that you and your sister are keeping it is so touching
I find that families I deal with through wk usually just throw things out and not pass them down and I find that so sad.
The pattern is lovely

Inspired Comblogulations said...

I am not familiear with the pattern, but it is a beautiful pattern, like a faded rose gone by. What a blessing.
Lee

Lee said...

I can spell when I concentrate hard. Sorry!
Lee

Mimi said...

How sweet of your sister to give you half of that beautiful silver.
The pattern looks like Classic Rose but I am not an expert...check it out on replacements.com.

donna baker said...

Dixie, I'm pulling out all of my mother's china for Thanksgiving. I do know that Reed and Barton is one of the most desired and best.

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Yep, tarnished it is...but lovable
looking all the same.

Hummmmm....tell me where French Lique is in Texas ?

Rose
http://delightfulclutter.blogspot.com/

mbkatc230 said...

How lovely of your sister to pass this on to you. The pattern really is very pretty, and I know that it will be beautiful again in no time with your care. I do love that curled handle, very unique. Hope you have a wonderful weekend Dixie. Kathy

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Lovely pattern, and a bittersweet story of its background.

Have a good weekend, Dixie.

Deb said...

what a nice surprise...I bet they will be beautiful all shined up

KBeau said...

What a beautiful pattern and how special that your sister wanted to share it with you.

I have some silver and silver plate that was passed down from a great aunt. I think the reason I got it was because it is monogrammed with a "B". So I'm really glad that I went from a Walker to a Beaumont.

Angela said...

Hey Dixie!

Such a lovely pattern! I just love roses. Makes you wonder who in your family may have purchased that pattern for your mother for her wedding shower? I don't think that my grand mother has any silver and I'm sure that my mother doesn't have any.

Hugs,
Angela

Sarah said...

I don't know this pattern, but love the little curl of the handle. How special to think that you and your sister have some of this silver to use while thinking of your mother.

Laura said...

Hi Dixie-
What lovely silver. You will be the one to make it special.
What a wonderful sister you have.
I sometimes wonder what it would be like to have a sister-

Laura

Dawn said...

Hello Dixie, the silverware is very pretty. Old fashioned floral patterns are my favorites. I'm sorry you didn't know your mother well. But I am glad that you have your sister and will cherish her gift.

I think I lost you when I moved my blogroll to a different page recently! I certainly didn't mean to delete you!

Hope all is well.
Dawn

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Ahhh....sweet Dixie....it made me tear up....how lovely of your sister to share with you...that means so much, doesn't it?

It's just beautiful! And, when you have a family get-together with lots of people you could just use both sets! :-)

Sending big Thanksgiving hugs to you dear one..

xoxo
S

Stella said...

Anything with roses is beautiful. The curled handles are so unique. What a blessing to have a sister that shares. Enjoy your new treasure.

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Dixie, your newly acquired silverware is absolutely beautiful. Have you been to ebay to add to you new collection? LOL!

Trish said...

Love this silver pattern, I'm glad that Mimi was able to tell you what it was called because I'd have had no idea... I just wanted to send you some cheery thanksgiving love for the upcoming holiday, and extra love for the season beyond.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Dixie, that is the most unique silver I've ever seen. How pretty the way the handles curve. I'm so glad your sister sent you this, and I know you'll enjoy using it. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. laurie

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many Thanksgiving Blessings to you and your family….Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Candy said...

I know you will care for these pieces, polished and ready to go. This story leaves me with a few questions that maybe we can delve into on our next visit together. Which should be soon, really miss seeing you. BTW what day-BD in Dec?
Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes and right back to ya and all your gang. We are leaving for Huntsville this morning and will return on Friday. Just in case you wonder...my family is not in jail ;-)
Blessings!

Jenny said...

What a neat unexpected surprise. I see you found the name but I was gonna tell you it was Classic Rose. I only know that because my Mom has that pattern, too.