Whiting (attr) Bird Design Antique Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter, Attleboro, MA, c. 1870

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A series of various castings create this rare  sugar sifter. The unusual shaped bowl has a matte finish with light gilding and wonderful piercing.

The join to the handle is made up of three rods and an applied leaf and berry design. Between the two circular, beaded connections are three simple rods which create the midsection. The upper part is a beautiful display of a bird watching over his/her nest. A cast and applied bird with spread wings is perched within a circular vine above another applied leaves and berries ornament. Below this is a nest with two baby birds with heads pointed upwards and beaks open ready to be fed.

This magnificent server is marked 'STERLING/ A' and with the model number 13. It measures just over 8 inches long, weighs 1.65 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.

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