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Whiting "Persian" Moorish Style Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon

Whiting "Persian" Moorish Style Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
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Dating from 1880, Whiting's "Persian" is a Moresque design in the same genre as Tiffany's pattern of the same name, as well as Whiting's own "Arabesque" and Gorham's "Hindostanee" among others.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon. It has the plum-shaped bowl with a flange rim and central rib that Whiting used across several pattern lines.

There is a reserve area at the front of the handle which is a natural location for an inscription. On this piece that area has an engraved fan-like design.

The backside is without a monogram or removal.

The condition is excellent. The pattern shows no evident polishing wear and the form is flawless. The bowl has some light surface scratches and retains only pale elements of its original gold wash, otherwise it is without dents, nicks, or burrs, or other evidence of wear.

Marks are the Whiting emblem, and the words "Sterling" and "Pat. App. For," indicating it is an early production item. The retailer's name is "Wm. Faber & Son" of Philadelphia.

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