Tifft & Whiting Engraved Twist Handle Coin Silver Pickle Knife
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Dating from 1840-53, the partnership of "Tifft & Whiting" went through several iterations before finally becoming simply "Whiting Manufacturing Company," one of the premier names in American silver manufacturing history.
This piece is stamped with the T&W three part pseudo-hallmark which includes a rooster, the letter T and W, and an arm and hammer. It is a 6 3/4" long, just over .7 T. oz., pickle knife.
Generally sold in sets, often boxed, with a companion fork, the form resembles a master butter knife.
This example incorporates three features that were marks of the period. One is the twist handle. A second is the engine turned background on both the handle and blade. Lastly, there is deep, bright cut engraving typical of the time.
There is a script "EMH." set sideways on the handle. The backside is plain save for the mark.
It is in excellent condition. There are no bends, nicks, or burrs. The engraving and engine turned are free of polishing wear. There are light surface scratches consistent with age on the backside.