Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Reprise -- Mrs. Boland's Forks

I love silver -- whether it is my napkin keepers, cutlery, tea acroutements, or the silver things on my dressing table. And I do love cutlery --when we go to Estate Sales, I'm always the one pouring through the silver to see if there isn't something that's old, odd or engraved. Many times I'm successful.

But some things that I love are not things that I've bought but rather things with memories attached to them. These forks, which I love to use for tea and dessert fall into the latter category. They're precious to me and I do think of the remarkable woman whose initials are on them every time I use them.

It's Silver Sunday -- so please join Beth at The Gypsy Fish but it's also Sunday Favorites so please also join Chari at Happy to Design. I love these forks and love sharing them with you again.

Mrs. Boland was our "landlady" for five years and our friend for the rest of her life. An English lady, she taught us how to brew the proper pot of tea, the pleasure of a pot of tea in the afternoon,and how to baste an egg for breakfast.

When my parents married, they moved into an apartment. The building owned by Mrs. Boland and her husband "Charlie". Their apartment was across the hall from ours and she and my mother would visit daily. Often over a cup of tea. While we children would quietly play -- often under the watchful eye of "Charlie". (One of my playtime activities would be to braid the bullion fringe of the ottoman!)

Sometimes, for tea, we would have cake. Always served on a china plate, with a wee linen tea napkin. The cake would be eaten with a silver fork.

These forks, small forks. In a set of six that the English so prefer. Perfect for tea cake.
Fancy but not too fancy. With a good weight in the hand which is important in silver cutlery.

When Mrs. Boland passed away, "Charlie" gave my mother these forks as a memory of his wife and mother's dear friend. She never used them, but wrapped them in tissue and stuck them in a drawer.

When mother passed away, I found the package of forks and found this remembrance of my childhood. I remembered all the cups of cambric tea that I shared with mother and Mrs. Boland. I remember the cakes that we ate with these very forks.
Engraved with a "B" for Boland.

It's Sunday which means that it's time for Silver Sunday with Beth at The Gypsy Fish. Please join Beth to see what everyone's silver treasures will be this week.


Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh, I love the flatware!
Thank you for sharing!
Leticia "B"eam

Lottie said...

What a precious memory in those silver forks. Some people are so special in our lives.

xinex said...

Oh what a wonderful memory! The forks are stunning, love the design....Christuine

Karen said...

Oh, what a sweet memory. You certainly have a precious keepsake. Thank you for sharing the pictures and especially your recollection of a lady who was so dear to you.
Ladybug Creek

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh what precious memories of a lovely lady and friend. The forks are lovely. The design is beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Pondside said...

I'm sure I read this post, but it seemed new to me this evening. The forks are beautiful - and even more so for the memories.

The Lazy Peacock said...

the forks are stunning, and such a lovely memory attached to them.
i go after the exact same things you mentioned at estate sales!

Deborah said...

Well, I have certainly enjoyed my visit and the sweet story. Glad you have the silver forks to remind you of sweet memories.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Martha, what a touching story you told us. And then the forks, really beautifull and with the memories, real treasures.

I love beautifull antique flatware, too. So many nice designs and patterns. And all with a little secret. You told us the secret of your forks, thank you so much. It was also a sweet tribute too Mrs. and Mr. Boland.
Greetings, Johanna

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Beautiful Silver with a Lovely story to Treasure.... Thanks for Sharing

D.B. said...

Wonderful story! So glad you are using them!!!

Gypsy Fish said...

Just wonderful! thanks for stopping by and participating in Silver Sunday see you next month....