Whiting Mfg Co (attributed) 'Bird on Nest' Aesthetic Movement Antique Sterling Silver Serving Spoon, c. 1870
This stunning serving spoon was made by the Whiting Manufacturing Company from New York City. It is a beautiful design made from multiple
parts. Three sterling rods form the central part of the handle which is attached with decorative circular joins to the other sections. The finely detailed top of the handle
depicts 4 baby birds in a nest about to be fed by a parent. The base of the handle is made up of three curved sterling wires attached to the bowl. A beautiful gold wash
and matte finish enhance this unusual and striking design.
Provenance: Samuel J. Wagstaff, Jr., Christies: January 20, 1989, lot 77. Wagstaff's seminal and idiosyncratic collection of American 19th century silver was one of the
most important ever assembled.
This wonderful server is marked on the back 'STERLING/ 7'. It measures 10 inches long, weighs 2.15 troy ounces, has never been monogrammed and is in excellent condition.