Antique Whiting MGF. Co. Sterling Silver Fruit Nut Knife 1894
Antique Whiting MGF. Co. Sterling Silver Fruit Nut Knife 1894. Very nice condition as seen in the photos. Blade is marked with W in Circled with lion trademark sterling 4707 pattern number for date of 1994. Both blades are tarnished, main blade is wobbly, both slow to close and intact. The silver skeleton is intact no dents or scratches, has scrolled writing on it that I can not make out half of it only the year 1895 with ornate designs and on the other side is ornate designs with a ax. The weight on this knife is 36 grams of a sterling silver fruit knife. Please check the photos and send any questions. I am not a collector nor do I fix the knifes I just sell them as they are. They have not been cleaned or oiled please check the photos. All items on this site are described as I see them and sold as is as I bought them. Please check the photos and if you have a question please contact me. There are no returns or refunds please check the photos of the items as I have described them. If your making a bid please be realistic or I will not respond and thank you for visiting my site.
HISTORY AND MARKS
Whiting Manufacturing Co traces its origin to the firm Tifft & Whiting formed in 1840 by Albert C. Tifft and William Dean Whiting.
After the retirement of Tifft the firm changed to Whiting & Gooding (& Co) in 1853, Whiting Fessenden & Cowan (1858), Tifft Whiting & Co (1859, re-entering of Tifft), Whiting Cowan & Bowen (1864) until its forming as Whiting Manufacturing Co in 1866.
The factory, located in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, was destroyed by a fire in 1875. What was salvaged by the ruins was acquired by F, Jones and the production transferred to New York combining its manufacturing operations and offices into one building at 692-694 Broadway at Fourth Street.
The company was purchased by Gorham in 1924 and the production transferred to Providence, Rhode Island. Whiting had relatively small production output but produced exceptional handmade silverware in relatively small quantities.
The Company's most famous and important designer was Charles Osborne. In the 1880's he worked for Tiffany for a period of time before returning to Whiting. His designs are some of the most important of the American aesthetic movement. From 1905 to 1924 the firm marked its production with date symbols. Whiting was absorded by Gorham in 1926.
CHRONOLOGY Tifft & Whiting 1840-1853, Whiting & Gooding (& Co) 1853 - 1858, Whiting, Fessenden & Cowan 1858 - 1859, Tifft, Whiting & Co 1859 - 1864, Whiting, Cowan & Bowen 1864 - 1866, Whiting Manufacturing Co 1866 - 1924, absorbed by Gorham 1926.
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