Whiting Cat and Mouse Antique Sterling Silver Cheese Scoop, New York City, c. 1885
Whimsical and beautiful, this cheese scoop is a lovely design and apropos for a cheese scoop. Made from heavy gauge silver it features an unusual twist handle and wavy handle with a cat at the top. The front and back of the handle also has a matte finish. The back is engraved with a lovely 'EEW' monogram. Right above the gilt bowl is a mouse perched on a branch waiting to pounce on a piece of cheese. This lovely cheese scoop is marked with Whiting's trademark along with 'STERLING/ 3/ 32'. It measures 9 inches long, weighs 2.60 troy ounces, and is in excellent antique condition.
Provenance: From the collection of Dale E. Bennett Literature:Silver Magazine, "Please Pass the Stilton: An Illustrated History of Cheese Scoops" by Dale E. Bennett, November/December, 2008, pp.34-43, illustrated both in the article and on the cover.