Whiting Aesthetic Movement 'Dandelion' Antique Sterling Silver Salad Set, New York City, c. 1880's
This highly unusual design is of a scene of dandelions over four wavy circular devices. This is a very rare pattern in a unique, aesthetic design. We checked our records and the only other time we have had this pattern was about three years ago when we sold an asparagus fork and about sixteen years ago when we sold another salad set.
The areas above the tines on the fork and along the central crease of the spoon bowl are beautifully hammered.
An example of this pattern can be found in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York where they have the same salad serving set on view, although theirs does not have the hammered decoration in the bowl and above the tines. This gives our set added depth of design.
This lovely sterling silver server is stamped with Whiting's trademark and 'STERLING/ 13'. It is also stamped with the New York City retailer 'THEODORE B. STARR'. They measure 9.75 inches long, weigh a combined 8.10 troy ounces and are in very good antique condition. A monogram has probably been removed from the back, but it is very well done.