Vintage Silver Coffee Set Monogram Challenge

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Vintage Silver Whiting Louis XV 3 piece coffee set

Has your pulse rate picked up speed? I know mine did when I first saw this set!

Those of you who know me know about my passionate feeling for Louis XV (the pattern not person).  In complete contrast to my usual preference for simple unadorned Georgian English silver, there is something about the Louis pattern that is the exception to my rules.

Unlike so many other French rococo-inspired patterns of the late 1800’s which take formality to the extreme, this one has a hidden joke. The “something” in question is the asymmetry of the scrolls in the pattern. It’s not obvious, but to the keen observer, this dash of “imperfection” adds warmth and humor that makes Louis XV all the more beautiful.

Imagine my reaction on Friday when I went to see one of my favorite clients.  She’s loads of fun, and despite having what appears to be a clutter-free, immaculately curated house, she keeps pulling amazing pieces of sterling out of the proverbial hat. Behold the vision of beauty that is the vintage silver 3 piece coffee set by Whiting in the Louis XV pattern. I’ve been stunned all weekend.

It is with immense pleasure I welcome you to this very special vintage silver Coffee Set Monogram Challenge.

Vintage Silver Coffee Set Monogram Challenge

vintage silver Coffee Set Monogram Challenge

All 3 pieces have the same monogram, a lovely triple in a style that perfectly complements the exquisite lines of this coffee set.

The photo is the sugar bowl from the set, but all three pieces have the same monogram. The only variation is the scale changes to suit the size of each piece.

For those of you who are new, welcome and thanks for taking a look around. The monogram challenge is simple to play. Take a look at the photo and leave your best guess in the comments below. If more than one person gets the answer correct, I’ll draw names out of my hat to break the tie. The winner is then announced the next Monday.

As with any good contest, prizes are involved. To read all about that and the official rules click here – Monogram Challenge Rules. If you are looking for information about Monograms on Silver – click Silver Monogram Rules – Google sends people astray every so often.

Last week’s Challenge

Vintage Silver Jelly Server - Monogram

A gothic single...

Last week’s challenge was a single Gothic letter on a Kirk & Son vintage silver jelly server in Repousse. Lots of you answered and the votes were split as to whether it was an M or a W. The answer is W.

And the winner is…Angela Schrager.

Congratulations Angela.  Contact me and let’s get you your silver sixpence asap.


What would you serve in the coffee set? I know it’s a coffee set but would you feel compelled to stick to the description? I’d serve hot chocolate, made with my favorite Scharffenberger Cocoa.

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9 thoughts on “Vintage Silver Coffee Set Monogram Challenge

  1. Silver MagpiesNo Gravatar

    I love it 😀 can you hear my evil laugh. Finally a combination of tough monogram and tough photo ups the ante. I must say, even with the tough combo this week, I’m very impressed with the answers. You are all getting reaallllly good at this.

    I love the cider and Mexican hot chocolate suggestions. Hmmm, perhaps I can find some good recipes…

    Right a quick trip in Google has led to some interesting results

    Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe #1 and fascinating article by David Lebovitz

    Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe #2 – via Ina Garten aka Barefoot Contessa

    Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe #3 with spiced dulce de leche topper – can you say YUM! – via

    And just to add a little spice (haha) to our discussion, I found this one

    Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate – via Rachel Ray


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