Whiting "Honeysuckle" Sterling Silver Ladle
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Whiting's "Honeysuckle" pattern features a naturalistic representation of this popular garden flower set against a finely stippled ground. The lower portion of the handle is lined and separated from the pictorial portion by a crossed ribbon band. While this 7 7/8" long, approximately 1.7 T. oz. piece is sterling, and so marked, the pattern is more commonly found in silverplate.
The form is almost a hybrid between a ladle and a spoon. The curved handle is set close to the horizontal in relationship to the bowl. The bowl itself is helmet-shaped, has flanged and notched shoulders, an uplifted, pointed tip, and is finished in a gold wash. It could as easily be used to serve berries as a sauce or gravy. The backside of the entire piece is plain save for the marks which include the Whiting emblem and the words "Sterling" and "Pat. 1874," and without a monogram or removal.
The condition is excellent. There is minimal polishing wear, evident mostly in the loss of some of the gold wash, and no dings, dents or burrs in the bowl. The finish has a fine patina.