Whiting 'Lily of the Valley' Pattern Antique Sterling Punch Ladle, NYC, NY, early 20th century
'Lily of the Valley' is a beautiful art nouveau pattern with a single stem of blossoming Lily of the Valley emerging from an opening leaf. In an 1895 review, the Jewelers' Circular noted the pattern is "unique in both outline and ornamentation." (April 24, p. 22) Whiting's lead designer, Charles Osborne, used organic flowing decoration in the 1880s and this c. 1885 pattern is one of the best.
The shaped, long handle with scrolling designs incorporating naturalistic elements creates a stunning pattern. The bowl, with double-pouring spouts, has a light gilt interior.
Marked on the back with Whiting's trademark and 'STERLING,' this lovely ladle measures 15.25 inches long, weighs 4.80 troy ounces, and is in excellent antique condition with slight scratches in the bowl.
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