Whiting Antique Sterling Silver Perfume design attributed to Charles Osborne, New York, c. 1883
This is a lovely sterling perfume bottle in an unusual shape and design. The irregular shape of the body has rounded edges and a hammered and textured surface.
Swirling pearl-like beads of various sizes create a unique and exotic pattern recognized as one of Osborne's most famous designs. Of nautical inspiration, this dramatic pearl design is seen on items produced by Tiffany & Co and the Whiting Mfg Company. The removable screw-on cap is also decorated around the edge with beading.
Charles Osborne was by far Whiting's most famous and important designer - actually working for Tiffany's for a period in the 1880's then returning to Whiting. His designs are some of the most important of the American aesthetic movement. (See Magnificent Tiffany Silver and Silver in America for more information on Osborne.)
This lovely sterling bottle is marked with Whiting's trademark and 'STERLING/ 1255'. It measures 6 inches long, weighs 2.70 troy ounces and is in very good antique condition.