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Whiting "Lily Engraved" Solid Sterling Silver Fish Slice

Whiting "Lily Engraved" Solid Sterling Silver Fish Slice
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Utilizing an "Old English," i.e. rounded end with a reverse tipt back, form, "Lily Engraved" is one of numerous bright cut designs Whiting and other manufacturers produced in the 1880s.

Attractive and artful, these patterns showcased the skills of engravers of the period and were apparently well received in their time, given the variety of examples still available today.

This piece is a lengthy, 10 1/2", 3.1 T. oz., all silver fish slice.

The blade is relatively slender, slightly concave, and has a curved lower edge and subtly scalloped upper edge. It retains a portion of an original gold wash surface front and back sides.

The handle has a satin matte finish and is engraved with a leaf script "C" monogram.

The condition is superb. The engraving remains sharp and well-defined, and the overall finish is soft and smooth. Apart from the aforementioned loss of some of the gold wash, and accompanying light surface scratches, signs of use are nil.

Marks are Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," and the number "30."

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