While at Lady Mendl's recently, I realized the silverware was the same as the set I'd grown up with, sort of a Doric column motif, very striking, and, be assured, that knife was my madeleine, although, humorously enough, now, it made me think of my father ordering us all out to weed his beloved putting green with them because he was too cheap to hire a gardener. I didn't give another thought to flatware until I received a half-dozen silver spoons for Christmas, perfect for tea but so small they are probably for caviar or some more archaic purpose... most are an Oneida/1881 Rogers pattern called "Enchantment" aka "Londontown" (c. 1952), one is from the Mayflower Hotel in my native Washington, and one is by Reed & Barton, with a bold "R" engraved on the underside, quite tastefully. It brought to mind that endless flotsam of quizzes that purport to give some keen philosophical insight to the taker. I'd propose just one, with just one query that reveals everything necessary to know of the subject's true nature (be honest): Which Mrs. DeWinter Are You?
["R" monogrammed 1930s linen sheet set, $120 at Antique Arts]
Windowlicker - from the French for window shopping: faire du lèche-vitrine - often appears on Tuesday and Thursdays at 10am EST-ish.