Whiting (attr.) 'Bird on Nest' Antique Sterling Silver Serving Scoop, Attleboro, MA or New York City, c. 1876
This stunning and rare serving scoop/ spoon is a great example of aesthetic movement silver. It is of magnificent design and wonderful condition.
This server was made by the Whiting Manufacturing Company from North Attleboro, MA until 1875 and in New York City after. It is a beautiful design made from multiple parts. Three sterling rods form the central part of the handle are attached with decorative circular joins to the other sections. The finely detailed top of the handle depicts four baby birds in a nest about to be fed by a parent. The reverse is engraved with a 'JAT' monogram. The bowl is quite dramatic. It is lightly gilt with a matte finish and shaped flutes reminiscent of feathers. The top of the bowl has an applied leaf and berry design. It creates a small hood in the back and also acts to strengthen the handle join to the bowl.
This rare server is marked on the back with 'STERLING/17.' It measures 10 inches long, weighs 2.60 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.
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