Absolutely gorgeous & rare antique 1917 hallmarked 14k gold 'vermeil' on sterling silver 8" compote or raised plateau PAIR, as elegant as can be with Empire style frieze rim decoration including urns, foliate garland, ribbons & flowers, acanthus banded rims and both in pristine condition! Aren't these exquisite! I've done a lot of looking online and have seen nothing similar so perhaps they were a custom order? I can't even find the same pattern but, alas, we are more experienced with antique French sterling silver though we'd never pass on a pair like this no matter where they were made. Thick & heavy, each weighs about 14 troy ounces (440 grams) and are virtually dripping gold. We know the French normally used 18k gold in their vermeil pieces but I would imagine these are at least 14k. Both pieces bear the hallmarks of the Whiting Manufacturing Company of New York that dates back to 1840 as Tifft & Whiting in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. The date marks on them are for 1917 so they're just this year celebrating their 100th birthday. An exquisite and rare pair here, don't miss them!
Excellent condition. No dents or damage to note and I don't even see any signs of wear to the gold plating or vermeil. See pictures for all measurements.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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