April 16, 2009

A silver lining

In 1953, my grandmother was a senior at Oak Ridge High School. Along with all other young lady Wildcats graduating, she was invited to Loveman's Department store to get her sterling silver spoon. Each of the graduating senior girls was gifted a spoon in the pattern of her choice, a gesture which would hopefully create a relationship and a repeat customer as the girls were building their silver sets. Patsye chose International Silver's brocade. When she gave her silver to me last year her collection had grown to around fifty pieces. Each one represents a birthday, Christmas or anniversary gift from my grandfather to her and a happy memory of receiving it. While the value will most likely increase with time, it will always be overshadowed by the sentimental worth which will grow and grow. I hope to add to her collection and pass it along one day with more pieces and more stories behind them.


  1. I just stumbled onto your post and had a little smile. I too was once an Oak Ridge High School senior, class of '65. Everyone shopped at Loveman's--it was a lovely store. I guess they had discontinued their "spoons for seniors" program; this is the first I ever heard of it. I would have been right in line to get one, because I've had a life-long love of sterling. Every Southern girl knows her mother's and grandmothers' patterns, and most of her friends' too. Thanks for the nice story. Oak Ridge was a very special place to grow up, as I'm sure your grandmother told you many times.

  2. Just found your blog, and love it! I have always been drawn to all things southern, and sometimes feel I was somehow born in the wrong place (Youngstown, Ohio)!

    I thought you would like to know (or maybe already do) that your grandmother's silver is valuable, I found the page for it on replacements.com: http://www.replacements.com/webquote/INSBRO.htm

    Hope you will have a great day, and keep blogging!


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