Designed by the great French scultor Antoine Heller, these figures have attitude!!
Compare on the Big Bad Auction site, item 141504353075, @109.00 each. (But hey, there you'll get free shipping, and here we'll charge you five bucks.)
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.
We've bought and sold many pieces of Wave Edge over the years, perhaps not enough to sink a battleship but maybe a canoe, and these are among the best. Please see third photo for mark.
Other web pages which will remain nameless are still hoping to get the big bucks for these, but we are eminently realistic.
Granted, this is not the rarest piece of Tiffany flatware you'll encounter while surfing the interwebz, but several features do make it stand out from the crowd: 1) the overall color, condition and lack of polishing wear 2) the exceptionally well executed and decorative Art Nouveau monogram (see third photo) which I can not decipher, and 3) the eminently reasonable price tag.
Our one complaint about this item, and it is a sin which time will cure, is that some over enthused polisher has dipped it in a liquid which shall not be named here, and removed the oxidation from the low points.
A fine old example of this scarce cast pattern, in which every piece is a little sculptural ode to past artists.
A generously proportioned pair of tongs which would be well suited for use with iced cubes.
Engraved with crest of the Mossman family and their admirable motto "ME MELIORA MANENT" (better fortune awaits me).
Here, dear reader, is your chance to join the exciting and profitable world of antique dealers.
Compare @ 299.00 with those folks who Replace your stuff.
By the way, dear reader, our late lamented S 7000 has finally died a peaceful death and we're using a rather primitive point and shoot until the new camera arrives, so please bear with our reduced quality images.
Compare on the big bad auction site @809.00
Length twelve inches, weight 8 Troy ounces (!), a few barely visible nicks at upper edge of blade but fine overall condition.
With sinuous curves and whimsical spade-shaped feet, this is truly a little classic of English Art Nouveau silver.