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Louise

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iconnumber posted 01-08-2002 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Louise     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Hi

I hope everyone had a great holiday!

I have an odd piece is Whiting Mfg (actually I have two). It is a spoon just over 4 1/4 inches long.

I have searched every book and catalog I have with no luck.

It does have some gold wash left in the bowl and kind of resembles an egg spoon.

Any help would be appreciated. It is marked with sterling then the old mark of Whiting (w and griffin)

Thanks!
Louise

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iconnumber posted 01-10-2002 08:11 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have seen a small spoon such as this one referred to as many different things. For example: coffee spoon, condiment spoon, tete-e-tete spoon. In the photo it looks as if there is a dent on the tip of the bowl. Are both of your spoons tips identically dented?

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iconnumber posted 01-10-2002 08:36 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm at work and someone just walked into my office (caught me goofing off). They suggested that it might be a spoon used with the sherbet that is served between courses in a formal diner.

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Louise

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iconnumber posted 01-10-2002 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Louise     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi

Yes both spoons have the smae bend in the tip. I picked them up from two different people so itlooks to be intentional. Any idea where I could find a pic of a sherbert spoon?

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 01-10-2002 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On page 44, in Dick Oserberg's book, Sterling Silver Flatware for Dinning Excellence, it shows a Parfait Spoon (5 7/8"). On page 53 he shows 3 Egg Spoons (5" to 6 3/16"). The Egg Spoon shape is similar but to my eye the bowls are a bit wider. On Page 157 there are 3 Horse Radish Spoons (5 5/16" - 6 3/16") and their bowls seems longer and narrower. On page 159 there are 2 Jam/Honey Spoons (5 5/15" - 6 3/16") which resemble (but not exactly) your spoon's bowl. My guess is that your small spoon could be used as a Parfait or Aperitif or Honey spoon. If the dimple (bend) at the tip is intentional then I suppose your spoon is a honey spoon.

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Louise

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iconnumber posted 01-10-2002 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Louise     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you think it matters that these tow spoons are so much smaller than the honey spoons you have look at? It would make sence since the dip at the end would stop the honey from dripping everywhere.

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iconnumber posted 01-10-2002 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was not unusual for a manufacturer to take a serving form and to scale it down for individual use. For example, a master salt spoon and and individual salt spoon.

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Louise

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iconnumber posted 01-10-2002 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Louise     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Scott for clearing up the mystery. Would you consider these spoons to be on the hard to find side? Obviously the search for information was! smile

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