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Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle

Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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Introduced in 1885, Whiting's "Lily of the Valley" immediately established itself as an outstanding pattern, and has remained sought after ever since.

Sculptural in nature, it features a raised stalk of blossoms enveloped by leaves, which form the margins of the handle. The ground behind the blossoms is lined, again representative of the leaves, and this also serves as an enhancing design element.

In sum, it reflects influences from the innovative design sensibilities of the Aesthetic movement of its period, and also anticipates the Art Nouveau mode that was just beginning to emerge.

This example is a 6 11/16" long, substantial weight at 1.8 T. oz., gravy ladle.

It has a near round 2 5/8" by 2 3/8" bowl that has a faceted interior with a raised scroll design in the base, a scalloped, flange rim. The inside retains portions of an original gold wash.

The backside of the handle has a script "ABC" monogram and is stamped with the Whiting emblem, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, Brooklyn's "Wm. Wise & Son."

It is in outstanding condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and free of polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, nicks, burrs or other signs of wear. The finish is warm and even.

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