Whiting Cast "Cabbage Rose" Sterling Serving Spoon
Whiting produced a series of floral serving pieces in the late 19th that are little documented, but likely intended to compete with Gorham's impressive "H" series of similar designs and large scale. The portraiture on this is a "Rose" or specifically a "Cabbage Rose." Whiting's items have cast handles and applied serving ends, and that is the case with this 8 3/4" long, massive weight, nearly 5.4 T. oz., spoon. Casting enables an end product that has far more dimension than typical die struck items, and the capacities of casting show to their fullest on this. The handle is 3/8" thick at points, with the folds of the blossoms, the overlaid layers of the buds, and the gnarly and thorny stems represented in a fully realistic manner. The design extends into the front heel of the bowl which features a cluster of leaves, while the backside of this has an Old English "S" monogram. The piece is in flawless condition. Apart from light surface scratches consistent with normal use in the dent, burr, and bend free bowl, there are no signs of wear. Marks are the Whiting emblem and the word "Sterling."