Picking Flowers

I’ve been picking flowers

lately in the form of books

and flatware~

The Burgess Flower Book For Children

by Thornton W. Burgess, published 1923

I couldn’t resist picking a few spoons & forks I found blooming from a dealer who was closing shop, along with a few vintage flower books.

 A couple of pieces were unidentified,

but I was more interested in the

flower variety than the flatware pattern,

and another way to enjoy flowers at the table :)

A white orchid flowering on a pickle fork~

“White Orchid” by Community/Oneida

A Lily sprouting on a slotted spoon~

“Romance” by Holmes & Edwards

The fork is Crosby silverplate or possibly, Great Mullein :)

“Violet”~ Simeon L & George H Rogers Co. A1

The Nature Library~ Garden Flowers and Wild Flowers,

Robert M. McCurdy

The Wild Flowers volume came with

a bonus~ a few flowers picked and

pressed~ tucked between the pages :)

A garland of flowers~

“Old Colony” by Rogers Brothers

Oxford Oneida “Narcissus” Meat Fork~

“Orange Blossom” Salad Fork~

Wm Rogers & Sons AA

“I’d rather have flowers at my table

than diamonds on my neck.”

~ Unknown

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish!~

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday~

2805 for Potpourri Friday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

  29 comments for “Picking Flowers

  1. August 29, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Good Morning! I loved this post. I love old books — especially children’s and gardening books. How clever to combine your newly found flowering flatware with the gardening books. Wonderful!

  2. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    August 29, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Beautiful flatware! I love that last saying and I agree:@)

  3. August 29, 2012 at 7:49 am

    What a great post to wake up to, Mary! I LOVE your silverware. Some of these pieces are just exquisite to me. How fortunate that you saw that the dealer was going out of business. One of the pieces reminds me SO much of my Grandmothers silverware. I wish I had some of it. The old books are wonderful. Have a beautiful day. XO, Pinky

  4. Annie La Vigne
    August 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I think this is beautiful…

  5. August 29, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Nothing like flowers on a table-of any sort!

  6. August 29, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Oh Mary, this is my new favorite post of yours! What a great idea to combine these two things for a lovely post. Those books are a real treasure, but then, I love, love books. The illustrations in these are just lovely. I also think your flatware is wonderful. My favorites are the violet spoon (one of my favorite little flowers) and the garland of flowers spoon; they’re so unique. Thanks for sharing these finds so artistically with us. Have a wonderful week!


  7. August 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Clever Mary. Silver flowers work for me too and I am an urn freak:)

  8. rena bezmen
    August 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Exceptional Post.


    Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:03:09 +0000 To: renadesigns1@hotmail.com

  9. August 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Great post!
    At one time we were collecting sterling pieces in assorted patterns – not necessarily just flowers – and it was fun to mix them all in place settings. Unfortunately we had a fire and some of them could not be saved to use, but we still have a couple of globs of them and some individual pieces that sort of partially melted together. I can’t bring myself to sell them for the silver!

  10. Linda Kemp
    August 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    The silver is beautiful as well as the illustrations. I collect old travel books but, unfortunately, the print is so small I can’t read them even with glasses.

  11. August 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Oh. forgot to mention….Love the greenhouse cloche!

  12. August 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    What a special collection of vintage books and flatware. I know of a store you would love in New Orleans: As You Like It. They have such beautiful antique silver there!

  13. August 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I love the “florals” under glass, Mary. Gorgeous post!!

  14. August 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Just a beautiful post all around. Thank you for sharing.

  15. August 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    What a wonderful post…your silver is gorgeous!

  16. August 29, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Such a beautiful post!! Love all the flatware and beautiful books!
    Thanks for sharing and have a great night!

  17. August 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Wow, beautiful silver patterns and lovely books and you presented them so artfully.

  18. August 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Love the “floral centerpiece”! How about flowers around my neck made out of diamonds! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  19. August 30, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Great post! I fell in love with your pickle fork!!

  20. August 30, 2012 at 11:23 am

    How gorgeous are those spoons and that precious little fork?! This post reminds me that somewhere (who really knows where, exactly) I have my grandmother’s silver spoons. I got tired of polishing them and put them away. I think it’s about time I dig (pun intended) them out!

  21. August 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    What a beautiful bouquet of silverware. The presentation with the books inspiring.

  22. August 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    It’s so lovely that you pair the pretty pieces of silver with the volume on flowers! Together they tell a lovely story! I appreciate you and your participation at Potpourri Friday!

  23. August 31, 2012 at 11:10 am

    My grandmother had one of those burgess flower books. Wow did your pic bring back memories of her….
    Beautiful post! : )

  24. August 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Beautiful photography. Love the floral silver with the book pages.

  25. September 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I enjoyed your flowers and your photos! Enjoy the holiday!

  26. September 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Beautiful post and beautiful flatware. I LOVE LOVE old silver especially collected pieces that can be mixed or matched.

  27. September 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    How clever you are, and what a wonderful collection of flatware, all the flowers on them, so different!

  28. September 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Neat post. Love the odd bits of silver. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays. Looking forward to having you with me this Sunday.

    – The Tablescaper

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