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Whiting Sterling and Mixed Metals After-dinner Coffee Pot, NYC, c. 1880

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This stunning small pot is of exceptional quality. Referred to as 'after-dinner' or 'alack' coffee pots due to their size for serving coffee at the end of dinner, this striking piece is executed in an exquisite aesthetic movement design. The handle, in the form of a branch, is wonderful. At the top and bottom where it connects to the body, applied holly branches spread out in both directions and have applied leaves and copper berries. The leaves are finely detailed, and the copper adds a striking addition to the overall artistic look.  A beautifully hammered surface shimmers. On the domed, hinged lid and at the base of the spout are lovely engraved twigs with leaves.

Below is an image from the Gorham Archives of Whiting's photo of the same rare form with slightly different decoration:
Original Whiting Photo,  Gorham Mfg. Co, Archives. Photo courtesy John Hay Library, Brown University.
Gorham Mfg. Co. Archives. Photo courtesy John Hay Library, Brown University.

This rare pot is marked with Whiting's trademark and 'STERLING/775/ B’. It measures 8.25 inches tall, weighs an impressive 18.20 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.