Early Whiting Art Nouveau "Violet" Sterling Silver Place Fork
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A clean and quietly elegant representation of the violet form, Whiting's pattern of that same name stands forward as one of the most well-regarded Art Nouveau floral patterns of the early 20th century.
This example is a 6 3/4" long, just under a weighty 1.2 T. oz., place fork. It is tea or dessert size, which in today's parlance is sometimes simply referred to as a regular fork.
It is an early example marked "APR. 5 0x," along with the Whiting logo and "Sterling." It is also stamped with the retailer's name, "E.A Brown," St. Paul, Minnesota.
The backside has an elaborate, flowing script, very much in the Art Nouveau style, "TAS" monogram.
It is in superb condition. Free of polishing wear, the pattern detail remains clear and well-detailed. The tines are even and straight, and without bends, nicks, or burrs. The finish is lustrous.