Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Silver Fit for a Queen

There is a Queen of every home, right?  And, every Queen should have beautiful silver polished to perfection, right?  I say yes to both.

I love silver.  Ours is all polished and ready to go for the holiday entertaining season.  I must admit, I get lazy over the summer months.  I don't really use formal things like silver so I'm not diligent about it being shined to perfection.  But, with the "season" upon us, it's time to pull it out, polish it up and enjoy its beauty.

Feast your eyes on these silver pieces that are divine, delicious and dreamy.  I thought it only appropriate to match them up with Queens of the Silver Screen.

The Sophia Loren:  Exquisite, special and larger than life:  Tiffany Chrysanthemum 7 piece Tea & Coffee Set, Circa 1895.  The set comprises of Coffee Pot, Tea Pot, Covered Sugar Bowl, Creamer, Waste Bowl, Kettle on Stand and Two-handled Tea Tray.  Each piece is fully hallmarked with Tiffany & Co.

The Audrey Hepburn:  Delicate, petite and simply divine:  American Sterling Silver Bowl in Francis I pattern.  Made by Reed & Barton, Circa 1949.

The Bette Davis:  Classic, understated and elegant:  12 Sterling Silver Water Goblets.  Reed & Barton, Circa 1930.

The Jane Wyman:  Polished, smart and refined:  Edwardian English Sterling Silver Box London, Circa 1902.

The Joan Crawford:  Dashing, chic with a splash of style:  9 piece American Sterling Vanity Set in an octagonal design decorated with egg & dart pattern.  Tiffany & Co, Circa 1910.

The Elizabeth Taylor:  Unusually stunning, magnificent and regal: Lovely English Silver plated Fish Service for twelve with matching Fish Servers.  Pierce & Sons Silversmiths, Circa 1900.

The Marlene Dietrich:  Simple and dignified with an unpretentious style:  Antique American Sterling Silver.  Bailey, Banks & Biddle Co., Circa 1900.

The Hedy Lamarr:  Noble and radiant with an untouchable grandeur:  Revere style Punch Bowl, 10 hand hammered pedestal footed goblets.  Barbour Silver Co., Circa 1920.

The Ava Gardner:  Striking, brilliant and beautiful:  Sterling Silver Centerpiece Bowl Tiffany & Co, Circa 1894.

The Lauren Bacall:  Interesting, organic and one-of-a-kind:  Magnificent Georgian reproduction Sterling Silver five basket epergne is in the transitional George II/III style, has a central large detachable basket, four detachable arms with four smaller baskets, all mounted on a central pierced and cast frame.  Sheffield Circa 1924.

The Rita Hayworth:  Lovely and ravishing, deserving of a prominent place:  Set of four Sterling Silver Candlesticks in a subtle six-sided shaped with oval bobeshes and bases.  Tiffany & Co., Circa 1910.

The Lana Turner:  Unusual, stunning and legend worthy:  Tiffany & Co small retangular Gallery Tray with chamfered corners, beautifully pierced gallery with beaded and gadrooned borders, etched in Persian style motif.  Circa 1900.

The Katherine Hepburn:  Resplendent, handsome, bold and brash:  American Coin Silver Tureen with Elk Figurines.  Woodson & Hughes, Circa 1860.

You can visit Nelson & Nelson Antiques by clicking here to find more information on these beautiful silver pieces.

So, tell me, what is your favorite piece of silver?  I'd love to know.

We'll talk soon.



  1. The tea and coffee service. Absolutely lovely. All of these pieces are gorgeous. I also start getting the silver polished up for the holidays. Love the holidays!
    Have a nice evening.

  2. Gwen,
    This might be my favorite post you have done! I'm not one to get excited over Hollywood types, but these dames are not today's Hollywood! Oh, might I mention that I had the most amazing 20 to 25 minute conversation with Sophia Loren in the Hamptons when I was pregnant with my five years ago! I remember every single word she said...not because she was Sophia Loren, because quite frankly I did not it was her...she was wearing a blond, short wig! She was one of the most gorgeous humans I have ever laid eyes on...stunning beyond belief!

  3. Love Silver mint julep cups, trophies, revere bowls, serving trays, tea services, water goblets, boxes, fish knives, cake servers, berry strainers, and my most favorite are baby spoons and rattles.
    Wonderful, makes me want to polish my silver!

    There is a dutch shaped silver bowl for putting champagne glasses in - rinsing or chilling glasses. Do you know about that one....I love it!

  4. You are a master of combinations! Exquisite! franki

  5. What a fun creative post! All the pairings were great but I think my favorite was the Bette Davis and my favorite piece is the Tiffany centerpiece bowl you paired with Ava Gardner. I love silver also - and so does my husband who has given me several wonderful pieces over the years - I think my favorites are a fabulous large old Sheffield tray with handles and beautiful engraving and a lovely small mirrored silver tray to hold my collection of old crystal/silver bottles.

  6. Beautiful post Gwen...these silver pieces are so elegant and truly timeless...just like these gorgeous ladies of Hollywood!

  7. I adore my Francis I flatware...as it is the same pattern my mother and grandmother used. But I also love 2 Sheffield Silver pieces (a domed meat platter and a hot water urn) that we bought in Charleston on 2 different trips!

  8. I'm with you on loving silver, even with all the fuss and bother, to me it's a bit of a ritual this time of year getting ready for holidays..

    great post!



  9. Such a lovely post. I must admit to being very slack about keeping up my silver. Recently my mom was so appalled she took it all home and had it polished and brought it back. I've used it several times since and have made a point to not let it go again. Yikes!

  10. I love it when you do these posts! So creative & so interesting. xx's

  11. Wonderful analogies. Those ladies were true stars--what happened to Hollywood women?? The silver remains as gorgeous as ever.

  12. My favorite is a silver service that was given to husband's great grandparents for a wedding present in 1868. Each piece is engraved with "presented by" and the name and date of each person giving it - very special. Such a unique post...love it!


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