F. Whiting "Palm" Right Angle Ster. Master Butter Knife
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Marked "Pat'd Sept. 27, 1887." and "Sterling," this 7 1/2" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife is an early production piece by Frank Whiting, whose "W" in a circle mark appears on the blade.
The pattern is "Palm," which is a more detailed design than the name might imply. In addition to the fan end suggesting a palm frond, it incorporates scrolls, acanthus leaves, and even little flowerettes. The blade is set at a right angle to the handle and is bright cut on the outward facing surface with a leaf and flower motif. The backside of the handle is plain, and without a monogram or removal.
The condition is flawless. The design remains crisp and well-detailed. The blade is free of bends, burrs, or nicks. The finish is pleasing, showing only light surface scratches consistent with age on the smooth surfaces.