The Mistress had a very lovely Mother's Day weekend , as I planned to be at the ancestral home for a couple days visit, and had several good dinners for my mother in addition to helping her get some things done around the house. Well, you know, we supervised the houseboys getting things done. One of the things I had been meaning to do for some time, was polished the silver set that my mother packed away after my fathers death. She was never fond of silver sets...she's more modern than I, and she has told me repeatedly to take the set to the Casa du Borghese for entertaining with high teas. Mind you, the set hasn't seen the light of day for at least 15 years...packed away in the china cabinet. Needless to say is was tarnished black as night when we got it out. But nothing the Mistress couldn't spit shine. It was good as new again and ready for happy days.
The set was actually my great, great grandmothers on my father's side. The set was made in 1895 we do know, and was made in Hartford CT, by two brothers who had a silver company, Barbour Brothers Co. The tray is even initialed with a "V" for our families last name. I also know, that all of the grandmothers did indeed use it. My mother recalls when my father took her home to meet his mother and grand, she served coffee with the set. My father's parents were very formal and great entertainers at home. So it was a nice surprise to see it brought back to glory again, I was worried...... such artistry and detail......
Even a gravy boat! I did some more research over the weekend about the pattern only to find that not many sets where made with this floral and grape pattern, and some collectors had pieces, but not a whole set, which upon further reading, said it's hard to find a whole set still together.
I'm thinking this is a family heirloom to definitely be cherished. If anyone is interested, I'll be serving low tea on Sundays, with light disco ....of course!