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Whiting No. 26 "Peony Twist" Sterling Silver Youth Fork & Spoon

Whiting No. 26 "Peony Twist" Sterling Silver Youth Fork & Spoon
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$78.00 Price for the two pieces.

Without a formal name, but commonly referred to as "Peony" for the large, single, arched, blossom that appears on the end of the handle, this circa 1885 pattern is also characterized by its twist stem.

The line is number "26," by Whiting, and this number, along with the company "lion" logo and "Sterling," appears on the backsides of this youth set, comprised of a 6 3/8" long fork and 5 7/8" long spoon, with a combined weight of 2.1 T. oz.

Each piece is engraved "Ellen Burdett" in script on the handle front, and "Grandma and Grandpa McKay" in block lettering in an arch on the backside. A charming and endearing documentation of the pair's provenance, this information could also serve as fine fodder for genealogical sleuthing.

Some items in this pattern show a second flower in the heels of the bowl or tine area, and that is the case with these, each of which incorporates an etched daisy blossom in that location.

In very good condition, the only signs of use are overall softening of detail from polishing, and some rounding of the tine tips. The bowl remains free of dents, bends, or burrs, while the finishes are lustrous.

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