Whiting Sterling and Mixed Metals After-dinner Coffee Pot on Stand, NYC, c. 1880
Referred to as 'after-dinner' coffee pots due to their size for serving black coffee, this stunning pot comes with its extremely rare original stand. The beautifully hammered matte surfaces of the two pieces shimmer. The pot has an applied copper tree with applied silver flower blossoms and copper berries (likely cherry). The background is hand-engraved for additional details. Above this scene are two flies executed in copper and silver. The opposite side is decorated with hand-engraved branches and leaves and a large applied beetle. The hinged, dome cover with ball finial has more hand-engraved decoration and a small applied copper beetle with silver legs. The rare stand is shaped like a saucer with raised sides. Once again, Hand-engraved branches and leaves decorate the two areas where copper and silver flies are applied. This dish is raised by three ball and claw feet.
Here is an original photo courtesy of the Gorham Archives at the John Hay Library, Brown University of Whiting's company photo of the same rare form with different decoration:
This rare pot and stand are marked with Whiting's trademark and 'STERLING/779/ E’ and retailed by 'THEODORE B. STARR'. The pot on stand measures 8.25 inches tall, weighs a combined 15.25 troy ounces, has never been engraved and is in excellent antique condition.