Silver service is a very in the South. A true Southern girl comes of age when she chooses her silver pattern, long before she chooses a husband. If she is smart, she chooses that of her mother, grandmother, or favorite great aunt who in their benevolence will pass their silver on to her.

It is the pieces in those sets, the pieces on their tables, along with the pieces found in the corners of antique stores that form a vital part of Southern hospitality style.

Among the many collected pieces, there is one that captures the essence of endless Holiday memories – the stuffing spoon.

These serving spoons are sometimes referred to as Platter Spoons in the northern United States. They are fairly large, varying in length from 11 to 13 inches.

Some have a "button" on the back of the handle to keep the spoon in place as it rest on the edge of the platter or bowl. On early pieces, these buttons were very ornate, fashioned as an acorn or small animal. Later the raised art forms were deleted and initials and family crests were engraved on the ‘buttons’.

Their elegance shape and practical style make them a perfect companion for every Thanksgiving turkey, hopefully served with flavorful oyster dressing/stuffing.