Alas, mainly a decorative item as no hole has been drilled for the spout to function.
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There are some condition issues. One (on left in photo) has some dents in the side panels; the bobeche on the other is a bit wavy. Also, though they bear the same model number, one is decorated with beading and the other with "rope."
Keep in mind that when your table is lit with candle light, the guests will simply say "what lovely pair of candlesticks!"
This lovely example is entirely hand wrought, and dates from 1948...
One could spend a substantial number of hours searching through design patents looking for the original name of this pattern, and come up empty handed...
For those of you who wonder what that unusual symbol between the Whiting trademark and "sterling" might mean, we suspect that is a letter h inside a circle, meaning 'heavy,' since these weigh a bit more than the average Lily butter spreader...
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These bear the craftsman's mark of Reynolds F. Senior, son of ONC's founder Elmer Senior. A splendid gift for the North Shore bride.
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Chickering shows a fish knife in a similar pattern with notes that Stone was heavily influenced by Dresser's "The Art of Decorative Design (pl. XXVI)", which we have reproduced here in enlargement number five.
We've checked the big bad auction site, and can't find anything similar there for under one hundred mighty dollars, so if you're a reseller, there's a good chance that you'll be able to make enough on this to buy a minor league sports team, or at the very least a small yacht.
You'd be hard pressed to find better examples than these.
In all probability, this item is not terribly old. Towle remanufactured many pieces of this pattern in the mid 1980's, in an attempt to recapture some of their former glory. So though it's entirely legit, we can't represent this as antique...
To give these some historical perspective, consider that the high relief, elaborately detailed patterns such as New Art and Chrysanthemum didn't spring into existence out of nowhere...
These come and go, but I don't think we've ever owned one where the chasing is so crisp and the original oxidation hasn't been at least partially removed by some overzealous owner...
These have exceptional detail and die depth. Note early "PAT APP. FOR" mark.
Perhaps you know an Ellen who loves pie, though on second thought who doesn't love pie, so let's leave out the perhaps.