It has a relatively long and narrow, 4" by 2 3/8" by 3/8" deep, bowl, with a raised shell design in the interior as is consistent with the line, while the edge is plain rather than fluted which is more typical in this pattern.
A well-received and elaborate rendition of a design derived from English "Kings," "King Edward" incorpor...
This 6" long, heavy at 1.2 T. oz., sugar spoon is an early example, marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. Ap.23" and the name of the retailer, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co."
It is in immaculate estate condition, retaining every bit of its original sharp detail on the shells and acanthus elements of the design. The finish is bright and the...
Sculptural in nature, it features a raised stalk of blossoms enveloped by leaves, which form the margins of the handle. The ground behind the blossoms is lined, again representative of the leaves, and this also serves as an enhancing design element.
In sum, it reflects influences from the innovative design sensibilities of the Aesthetic m...
This 6 1/8" long, approximately .4 T. oz., butter fork or pick is an example of the limited production series.
It has a twisted shank, with a cast rather than die struck cluster of blossoms on the end of the handle. These hang to the side on openwork stems.
The fork end has two splayed tines that have a satin finish and ...
Price for the pair.
The pattern is Whiting's 1885 "Lily of the Valley."
These stand apart on two bases. One, they are the less common, twisted handle, form of this piece. Two, they were retailed by "William Kendrick's Sons," the renowned Louisville, Kentucky, jeweler, known as a supplier of julep cups.
They have front and back, gold washed, trident tines, that are sinuous,...
"Lily" is an enduringly popular, Art Nouveau pattern that essentially set the standard for this floral interpretation after its introduction in 1902.
Absent noticeable polishing wear, this pair show the design to full advantage, retaining all the fine flower and leaf elements for which the line is known, as well ...
It also has a steel rod that makes up nearly two-thirds of the total length of the piece. This is six-sided and pointed. It appears to be a skewer although it is often identified as a sharpener or hone. Typically, however, these latter were rounded and had knurled surfaces.
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They are long versions of an olive serving spoon and fork, with the former measuring 8 3/4" and weighing just over .9 T. oz., while the latter is 8 7/8" long and weighs just under .8 T. oz.
The spoon has a lattice work bowl with decorated shoulders. It and the two hooked tines on the fork are finished in a satin gold wash.
Neither piece has ever been monogrammed, and both of them ar...
This example is a large, 10 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., serving spoon. It has an extra wide and deep bowl, to be distinguished from a nearly identical version with a smaller bowl.
This is assembled from a variety of parts, rather than being die struck as a unit, or a single casting. This approach was pop...
The rim is scalloped and the tapered sidewalls are undulating. The solid handle is twisted, with a smooth, square, grip at the top.
There is a large scale representation of a wild rose blossom, branch, and leaves acid etched on the otherwise plain body. Acid etching is a technique that produces a more textured surface than simple e...
Price for the two pieces.
The line is number "26," by Whiting, and this number, along with the company "lion" logo and "Sterling," appears on the backsides of this youth set, comprised of a 6 3/8" long fork and 5 7/8" long spoon, with a combined weight of 2.1 T. oz.
Each piece is engraved "Ellen Burdett" in script on...
Price for the pair.
They were made by Whiting, whose "lion" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "7" are stamped on the undersides.
The cauldron shaped body, tiered base, and beaded detailing suggest an 1870-80 date.
Each one is engraved "F.R." in Old English lettering on the upper edges below the rims.
They are in excel...
This example is a 7 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon. It has the plum-shaped bowl with a flange rim and central rib that Whiting used across several pattern lines.
There is a reserve area at the front of the handle which is a natural location for an inscription. On this piece that ...
This example is a 3 3/8" long, .4 T. oz., tea caddy spoon.
The bowl is scoop or shovel form and quite decorative. It has an embossed surface, cupped heel with scalloped shoulders, and is finished in a gold wash on the interior.
Never monogrammed, it is in very good condition. The pattern on the handle remains clear and well...
Largely producing in a period when sterling had become the norm, examples in coin, such as this 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., three tine pickle or pastry fork, are uncommon. Clearly it traces to the earliest years of the company when it was a modest operation compared to the major firm that it became, and for that reaso...
It has double marks, one of which is "WG&S" for William Gale & Son, and a second which is three part, one of which includes a diamond imprinted with the date "185x," with the final number obscured.
The form is octagonal, with a beaded edge top and beaded rim base. The sidewalls have a raised flower, leaf, and scro...
Producers of fine silver, much of which demonstrated artful bright cut work, the company also produced this die struck pattern that bears strong similarity to one, also unnamed, produced by George Sharp in the same 1860s period (see Old Friends catalogue item 3170), and which in turn is akin to Knowles &...
The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Thread."
The shank, which is stamped in two places "W.G & S" for William Gale & Son, New York City, 1850-66 various years, is four sided and attaches to an open heel area with pointed shoulders.
All surfaces of the serving end are extensively and attractively e...