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A pair of American silver fish-servers
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A pair of American silver fish-servers

MARK OF WHITING MANUFACTURING COMPANY, STAMPED STERLING 18, CIRCA 1890

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A pair of American silver fish-servers
Mark of Whiting Manufacturing Company, stamped Sterling 18, circa 1890
The four-tine fork and serpentine blade each with flattened shaped baluster handle, cast and chased with an overall pattern of scrolls, coral, pearling, seahorses and seaweed on a hammered ground, each marked on reverse
The blade, 14½in. (37cm.) long
13oz. (424gr.) (2)
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No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis

Lot Essay

Charles Osborne (b.1847) became chief designer for the Whiting Manufacturing Company in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, at the age of twenty-three. He rapidly established himself as a designer of originality and competed with the chief designers of Tiffany & Co. for large commissions before leaving Whiting for Tiffany in 1879 to work with Edward C. Moore. Their collaboration resulted in the appearance of the spiral and Japanese pearling decorative devices and Osborne's characteristic seashells, dolphins, mermaids and seaweed, which he continued to utilise after his return to Whiting in 1888.
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