This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., tablespoon is an early example of his work and is imprinted on the backside "W. Mitchell Jr." in a banner.
It is a "Reverse ...
The fiddle shaped handle has beveled edges, a tipt backside, and curves downward. It has a feathered script "MTP" monogram on the front. There is an exposed drop where the handle joins the bowl.
A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to...
Dating from the last quarter of the 19th century, it was made by Wood & Hughes, whose "WwH" emblem, the word "Sterling," and the model number "41" is imprinted on the inside lip of the lower half.
The design is exceptional, deriving from the intricate reticulation on both the top and bottom halves of the ball.
In addition to apostrophe like cuts, there is a 1/2" wide band on each...
The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, just under 2.0 T. oz., coin silver, berry spoon is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this class of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."
This is an exceptionally fine example in...
The example on this 7 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.6 T. oz., place fork is commonly referred to as "Diana" for the classical, female goddess portrayed without variation on all the pieces.
It dates from 1863 and was made to a coin silver standard, as indicated by the "WwH" stamped on the reverse with no additional marks.
Produced at a time when the company was enjoying great prosperity and was especially productive, it exhibits sophisticated design and high quality execution. This is especially evident in the plum-shaped, notched edge, bowl that is intricately engraved and finished with a matte gold surface on the interior and bright gold on the exterior.
It is engraved "Martha" in script on the handle front, and "Akron. O." "Dec. 25. 1891." on the reverse.
Made by Wood & Hughes, the pattern is that company's "Venetian," which is a Moorish or Renaissance Revival design.
The plum-shaped bowl is relative large and elongated at 3" by 1 13/16" wide, by 3/4" at the deepest. It has a central groove in the base, a flange rim, ...
While a relatively contemporary piece, the scrolled terminal pattern, "Onslow," is an older English design, and the three tine configuration also harkens to an earlier period, all defining this as a reproduction piece.
Never monogrammed, it is in excellent estate condition. There is no visible wear, the t...