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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Silver Sunday at Fiona & Twig


Happy January 3rd, and welcome to the very first  
Silver Sunday Blog Party, hosted by Beth at Gypsy Fish Journal!

To quote Beth, on Sundays she invites us to "show off our glittered, glitzed, glammed, tarnished, shiny, treasured or freshly found silver treasures." Sounds good to me, so let's get started...




Nothing fancy, just a couple of my lovely, tarnished silver salt and pepper shakers. I've almost listed them in my Etsy Shop twice, only to reconsider and keep them all to myself. I know, I know, it's nice to share.  :-)



These are one of my most treasured silver serving pieces, my antique butter picks.
What's a butter pick, you say?
Well, they were used for lifting a pat of butter, and were most often used with...you guessed it...butter pats.
The picks usually matched the other pieces of silver in the place settings, and many times, the very wealthy would have each individual butter pick in their inventory monogrammed. Not being one of the very wealthy myself, mine are instead adorned with hearts, the drama masks of tragedy and comedy, Greek mythological figures and several other unique designs.



I'm only giving you a little teaser of what's to come in the weeks ahead...I have LOTS of silver, and this post just serves to whet your appetite for the Sundays to follow.

Be sure to click on the photo below to visit Beth at Gypsy Fish Journal...she has links to all the other Silver Sunday participants!


40 comments:

The French Bear said...

I just knew you would have something fabulous for Silver Sunday!!! I love the little picks, they are adorable!
Hugs,
MargaretB

jules said...

gourgeous....happy new year, jules

Gypsy Fish said...

Again, I've learned something new about another typey of silver serving utensil...butter picks...how cool!
Thanks for joining the party...see you next week.
{{ gypsy hugs}}
Beth

The Feathered Nest said...

I love your silver goodies Anne!!! That's the best thing about being an antique dealers as you get first dibs!!!! hugs and love, Dawn

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Butter picks! I have never seen a butter pick and I love your set. I would hang on tight to them. I am developing a new appreciation for silver. I have several pieces that I need to bring out of storage and I also need to pick up some silver cream. I have a feeling they are going to be extremely tarnished. Love your set!

Chrissy said...

Oh my I am loving this silver sunday idea!! I want those s&p shakers.....lucky you!! Hope you are well,Chrissy

Sylvia said...

Love those butter picks too..must have some...hahaha. Happy Silver Sunday...

BellaRosa said...

Anne, I love your silver post and I just want to say thanks alot lol I am wanting some silver butter picks! btw my husband says thanks alot too, just not as nicely :) If that was just a tease...I can't wait to see more of your silver beauties. Besos, Rose

Linda said...

Hi Anne, such lovely things you have to share! I think the salt & pepper shakers would stay in my home...the butter picks...ok now I'm completely fascinated. I love unusual things and I think those qualify! I'm like the others, now I want some! I see dealers at antique stores all over the country going yes!!

huggs...................Linda

Faded Charm said...

All you silver looks great. I think I'm going to jump in on this one too. I'm just loving silver right now.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Kathleen

Dixie said...

Anne... I had to come see what delicious silver you were sharing today... you do not disappoint my dear!

Happy New Year! Dixie

sissie said...

I am loving this Silver Sunday! And, yours is no exception!! Beautiful things, can't wait to see the next post.

Sissie

Beth said...

I love, love, love the butter picks! Very cool! Pls stop by my blog to see some of my silver goodies. Cheers!

Vintage Junky said...

Love the picks... didn't they have the neatest extras back then?

Michelle

Rita said...
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Rita said...

love all your silver lovelies but those butter picks (never heard of such before reading your post) are absolutely a must have.
can't wait to see your next silver sunday posts. I ADORE silver...
rita

Sarah said...

Anne, I didn't know about Silver Sunday, so you've introduced me to another fun event. I want to play too! Also have not seen butter picks before. Love them! I'm eager to see what else you have to share in the upcoming Silver Sundays. ~ Sarah

Jane said...

Add me to the list of people who had not seen butter picks before. A great unique item. I bet these would be a great conversation starter at a present day dinner table!
Looking forward to seeing what you post next week.
Jane

stefanie said...

you always have great pretties!

Theresa @ 612Riverside said...

Anne~ Butter Picks, REALLY???? gosh it's a real testiment to how much our social graces have changed over the years, isn't it? I've never seen those before, along with some of the other silver people are bringing to the party, definitely a learning experience for me! Anyway, I love them and my heart always races when I find silver salt and pepper shakers! Can't wait to see more! ~ Theresa

Lemondrop Marie said...

Those are so pretty! love the faces! I'd want them out all of the time.
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Miss Mustard Seed said...

The butter picks are awesome. I would treasure them as well.

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Oh, its Sunday night and I am too late. Bummer, I hope to remember this for next weekend!!!! Love your photos.

Laura said...

Hi Anne,
I did not know about butter picks! Such a very interesting item...now I know! I will have to be on the lookout for these!
Have a great week! :)

Kathy said...

Beautiful silver pieces! I love the butter picks. I posted some little forks that I thought might be for hor dourves, but maybe they're butter picks too! Oooh! I'll have to look those up online!
xo...Kathy

junkdreams said...

Gorgeous silvers Ann!!! If you have any old flashcards for sale like the one pictured let me know. I have decided to do silver sundays as well......
xojanis

Lyneen said...

Love all your salt and pepper shakers... look forward to seeing what you have to share in the coming weeks! TFS on SS

Draffin Bears said...

Love all your silver goodies Anne.
How lovely and what another exciting event here in Blogland.

Happy Silver Sunday,
Hugs
Carolyn

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

The butter picks are gorgeous! That's something I have never seen before! I'm looking forward to the treasures you are going to show next week!

Hugs,
Julia

Just Joany said...

I have never heard of Butter Picks, before. I cannot imagine what kind of person would have thought them up, but now, I waaant soooooome.

~ Just Joany
Red Wagon Flights

Mitzi Curi said...

I'm another astonished reader....I've never seen nor heard of butter picks! I love learning something new, and I think your blog is just fabulous! It seems maybe I've been here before, but this time I'm bookmarking your blog and will be a regular reader from now on!

trash talk said...

Love 'em...just remember they are for butter. I don't want to catch you pickin' your teeth with 'em in a field at Warrenton!
Debbie

Tracey said...

Ooooo I might have to join in on this one next week...I LOVE silver...

Your salt and pepper shakers are killer my friend, love them!!! And your photography is getting really good...seems you're just full of talent!!!

:) T

red.neck chic said...

LOL Girl - those are gorgeous!!!!!!!! I love the butter picks - but I'm lusting over the salt and pepper shakers!!!

And I don't know 'bout Debbie... what's wrong with pickin' your teeth? LOLOLOLOL

Happy Monday!!!
;-) robelyn

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Very pretty! In my collection fever, I have not reached the "silver" stage yet. But I'm sure, with a little time, I'll get there!
Brenda

Karen said...

Such a beautiful post! Hoping that life is a little easier for you now. Sending big hugs.

TheOldPostRoad said...

That silver is beautiful!!!
-Trish

Gypsy Brocante said...

Wonderful SS post, Anne ... a butter pick? who knew? ... now I do! Beautiful! Speaking of beautiful, your photos are stunning grrrrrrl ; )

xo
Jill

FILIGREE MOON said...

Beautiful silver! The butter picks are fascinating. Thanks for sharing. ~ Angela

Lauri said...

Butter picks! I've never heard of them before, but I love them! When I first saw the picture I thought, "I bet she'll never have these in her Etsy shop or in Kerrville!" lol!

These are gorgeous! Where do you find all of this stuff?

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