Whiting Sterling Silver Bright-Cut Floral Mug
A beautiful example of Whiting bright cut silver work from the Aesthetic Movement era. This gorgeous silver mug has a repeating fleur de lys pattern all around the base and a diamond floral patter on the rim of the mouth. The inside of the mug is gold gilt, and has a beautiful color to it. The design work that is featured on the mug has been bright-cut and has a stylized flower and fan design. Patterns on the fans are repeated in the flower arrangement, or vice-versa. It is a really nice minimal and elegant design. Aesthetic movement decor was about sensuality and nature, form before function, yet always adding beauty to function. The mug measures 3-1/4 inches high and 2-1/2 wide at the mouth. The mouth is not completely round, perhaps because it was hand-made, but this does not deter from the beauty of the cup. The mug is not quite child size but it is not a large mug either. It's a nice size for a hot-toddy or a coffee. The makers marks on the base of the silver mug is for Whiting Manufacturing Company from New York. Additional marks are Sterling, and 343 for the pattern number. The cup is circa 1870. The base of the mug, around the bottom has a tiny nick to it as pictured, but this issue is not visible unless the cup is turned over. A great addition to a sterling silver collection, and for someone who appreciates beauty in everyday objects.
SEAT HEIGHT: 3¼ in
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