Length 5 3/4 inches, weight 1.67 Troy ounces, engraved on reverse of bowl "Edna from Louise '92", excellent original condition with only the slightest loss of gilding to high points. This item is becoming increasingly difficult to find.
Length twelve inches, weight 8 Troy ounces (!), a few barely visible nicks at upper edge of blade but fine overall condition.
These have exceptional detail and die depth. Note early "PAT APP. FOR" mark.
Other web pages which will remain nameless are still hoping to get the big bucks for these, but we are eminently realistic.
For those of you who wonder what that unusual symbol between the Whiting trademark and "sterling" might mean, we suspect that is a letter h inside a circle, meaning 'heavy,' since these weigh a bit more than the average Lily butter spreader.
And for those of you who favor comparison shopping, these can also be had on the big bad auction site at prices ranging from 40...
Whiting could easily have incorporated the rocaille design into the dies which were used to strike the body of this piece. Instead, they chose to use applied decoration along the foot and below the lid, a more difficult and costly technique. The resulting three-dimensionality lifts this tureen out of the realm of "good" and into that of "exceptional".
This was probably a custom made item.
We've examined both doggies carefully with a high power loupe, and they appear to be 14k. No, we're not going to test them...
With faux alligator skin, and applied silver matte finish "calling card."
Come ye citizens of Portsmouth and reclaim thy heritage!!
As our friend Don Soeffing has recounted in "The Battle of the Birds" (Silver Magazine, November/December 1995), production of this pattern was short lived, because W & H lost this particular battle against Tiffany for infringement of their design pattern...