Your Favorite Patterns for When It's Time to Break Out The Good Silver

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Blackberry Farm Fall Table Setting
Erica George Dines; Styling: Sam Beall

There's no question about the beloved place the act of breaking out The Good Silver holds in Southern families, holidays, and traditions. It's in our soul—the pride and sense of responsibility we get when we're finally old enough to be trusted to set the table with the fine china is a memory many of us hold, along with being told as long as we can remember that one day it'll be passed down to us. It's one of the things woven into our inherent knowledge and love of Southern traditions as intricately as the design on one of these sterling silver flatware pieces. Now, appreciation and respect for The Good Silver is undeniable, but one thing that can still divide us and send pleasant conversation into a tizzy is the debate on which pattern is the best, the most beautiful or the most traditional. It's a true point of contention for us Southerners. We pride ourselves on immaculate presentation for all occasions, so naturally we have opinions on how to do them right. We learn how to set our tables perfectly and prettily; we inherit the essential recipes for any party or big family dinner; and we practice until we can throw together a masterful Southern celebration as good as our moms and grandmothers. Amidst our journey to find what our Southern ladies set their table with, we found that there are certainly favorite patterns in Southern households and, as a welcoming surprise, that many don't just wait until special occasions to break out The Good Silver. Y'all are using it every day, for every occasion. Because why not? Last time we checked, there doesn't need to be a reason to make every meal feel a little special. Life is short, so use the darn silver. Here are a few patterns that are tried-and-true favorites for those across the South:

Reed & Barton Francis I

Reed & Barton Francis I
Via Reed & Barton

BUY IT: from $249.99 per 4-piece flatware set; amazon.com

This 1906 pattern by Gorham is a top 10 best-seller on replacements.com.

Gorham Chantilly

Gorham Chantilly
Via Amazon

BUY IT: from $249 per 4-piece flatware set; amazon.com

Chantilly is Gorham's flagship silver pattern, created in 1895, and it's undeniably classic.

Wallace Grande Baroque

Wallace Grande Baroque
Via Neiman Marcus

BUY IT: from $57.95 per place fork; amazon.com

The name of this all-time favorite silver pattern fits, as its ornate details prove.

Gorham Buttercup

Gorham Buttercup
Via Amazon

BUY IT: from $349 per 5-piece flatware set; amazon.com

Patented in 1899, Buttercup is a sweet pattern beloved in many Southern households.

Gorham Strasbourg

Gorham Strasbourg
Via Amazon

BUY IT: from $299.95 per 5-piece flatware set; amazon.com

This 1897 pattern by Gorham isn't too busy, so it will go with any china you pair it with.

Towle Old Master

Towle Old Master
Via Neiman Marcus

BUY IT: from $229.95 per 4-piece place setting; amazon.com

This beautiful but subdued pattern has been gracing Southern tables since 1942.

Reed & Barton Burgundy

Reed & Barton Burgundy
Via Reed & Barton

BUY IT: from $338 per 5-piece place setting; amazon.com

This pattern features a beautiful scroll leaf motif and a scalloped tip.

Kirk Stieff Repousse

Kirk Stieff Repousse
Via Amazon

BUY IT: from $249.95 per 4-piece place setting; amazon.com

This iconic silverware pattern has been around since the early 1800s, and its ornate pattern absolutely dazzles.

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