Whiting "No. 1" Floral Pierced Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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An elegant pattern as it stands, this 6 1/8" long, approximately .8 T. oz., sugar sifter (that could also function as a tea strainer) in Whiting's 1885 "No. 1" appears even more refined with its overall, deep, bronze-hued, gold wash.
The handle is open, featuring trellis like borders that are interspersed with trailing posies or similar flower. The mid portion of the handle is demarcated by a single blossom set against a shell, while the area below this has an Aesthetic style scrolling design that is akin to that used on Whiting's "Lily of the Valley" pattern.
The bowl is a study in design. It is nearly square, roughly 1 1/2" on a side, and has flanged shoulders. The sides are deep at 3/4" and steep. The central interior portion is a ribbed shell form leading to a scalloped front lip. This area has dotted piercings, while the walls are cut in a tendril and leaf pattern.
The condition is mint. Apart from a slight bit of rubbing of the gold wash on the handle, there is no wear, and certainly no damage. Nor has there ever been a monogram.
Marks are the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co."