Catherine Hollan offers extensive biographical material about Whartenby in her comprehensive work "Philadelphia Silversmiths," recording that he was born in Delaware in 1788, apprenticed in Philadelphia in 1802-09, established in his own shop in 1811, and ended his working years as "T.Whartenby & Co.," 1847-52.
She notes that examples of his work are held by the Philadelphia A...
Elegant in its simplicity, the pattern shows spectacularly so at the scale of this 12 1/2" long, heavy at 6.2 T. oz., soup ladle.
The bowl is large, 3 3/4" across and 1 1/2" deep. It has a central vee in ...
According to the identifications offered in the "Encylopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," the style of the "S. Kirk & Son" mark, along with the word "Sterling," was used 1925-32, indicating these have considerable age.
The footed, open salt stands 1 13/16" tall on a base that is 1 3/4" in diameter, and has a top opening that measures 2 5/8" across....
Priced as a Pair.
Made of coin silver and dating from about 1860, they are marked on the blades with a "bust" and "JS & Co" for Joseph Seymour of Syracuse, New York.
These are a matched pair in all aspects, except for the inscriptions on them. One is engraved "Marion." in Old English lettering, while the other reads "Daniel" in script on one side, and "F.D.G." in a fancy ...
Other marks include the company name and "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the model number "60."
While fitting in the "mid century modern" period, and having the clean lines of that category, it is more truly Chippendale in style. It has a repeating rib design that appears beaded on the rim.
In excellent condition, i...
The design actually portrays a lily of the valley, with strong Greek Revival elements. The raised pattern is set on an anthemion-shaped, curved, leaf, and there are rosettes set either side of the flower cluster.
This example is simply marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1870," and the name of the retailer, Cincinnat...
Such is represented in this 7" diameter, 1 1/8" high, very heavy at 11.4 T. oz., open bowl. It is stamped on the underside "Tilden-Thurber," "Sterling," and "943," and likely dates from early in the 20th century.
It has a flat bottom, with an eight lobed wall,...
That is the case with this 5 7/8" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., presumably wine taster, or possibly nut spoon, with a likely late 19th century date.
It has an oversized, seemingly carved, roughly rectangular, 3 1/2" by 2 1/4", handle.
The design is enigmatic, and could trace to multiple origins.
Overall the imagery suggests it found inspiration in Aztec themes....
It is an early example of Whiting's "Lily," marked with the company's lion logo, "Sterling," and "Pat. App. For."
It is in very fine condition and without a monogram or removal of same. Showing only light polishing wear on the high spots, the design remains ...
This mug is stamped with the "crossed K & B" symbol for the "Krider & Biddle" partnership, along with the model number "433."
There has been some difference of opinion about the exact dates of this pairing. The most recent, and likely most reliable, scholarship on Philadelphia silversmiths has been offered in a volume by Catherine Hol...
The pattern is "English King," which is typically heavy, as is the case with this item. It measures 7 1/4" long and weighs a massive 3.7 T. oz.
It is in immaculate estate condition and without a monogram or removal of same. Pattern detail remains well-defined. The finish is brilliant. The bowl is without dents, dings, or nicks.
This example, a 4 3/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., bon bon is unusual in two aspects.
One, it was produced by Cincinnati's "Duhme & Co." whose name is imprinted on the reverse. This is an unexpected source.
Two, rather than featuring a figure from Greek or Roman mythology as is typical of "Homeric," ...
This lengthy (designed to reach the bottom of a chocolate pot), 9 1/4", and weighty, 1.5 T. oz., example is "Colonial A."
The engraving features a central, open wreath with a bow on the lower portion. The interior of this has a very fine, script "AJK" monogram.
The remainder of the surface has delicate, fleur-de-lis like detailing, with a diamond cut and w...
"Isis" was a major figure in the pantheon of ancient Egyptian deities. She is represented in this pattern by a pair of outstretched wings with a curled snake between them, which is a motif drawn from ancient sources.
This example is a 7 3/8" long, ...
Price for the set of six.
This matched set of six measure 5 5/16" and weigh 3.2 T. oz. the group.
They were made by Frank Smith in his early twentieth century "Newport Shell" pattern, and are marked with the company standing lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat-d."
The are in exceptionally clean estate condition, and without monograms or removals. There is no v...
It is a cream or sauce ladle in Whiting's "Heraldic," which appropriately enough is dominated by the image of a medieval helmet set at the top of the handle. The remainder of the design incorporates a dense array of high relief, scrolling acanthus leaves.
The bowl is the less common of two that Whiting used in this line. It has a scalloped rim and raised, leafy detail on the inte...
This example, a 7 1/4", heavy at 2.0 T. oz., place aka regular, fork portrays what appear to be eggplants on the vine. The backside is monogrammed "JO'B."
There are two specifics about this that set it apart. William P. Hood in "Tiffany Silver Flatware" notes that there were four bowl...
It incorporates a central shield-like reserve on the upper front side and a corresponding open area on the backside. These areas are surrounded by tracery that is interspersed with numerous fleurs-de-lis, which are representative of the city which presumably inspired the pattern.
This example is a 6 1/8" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has a generous...