Here is an unusual vintage pair of sterling candlesticks that convert to compotes (or comports) with glass inserts. They are made by Whiting and date to around the 1940s. The candle holders are weighted and have a lovely gadroon border. The glass inserts have an attractive petal form and are threaded to screw into the candlesticks. They are marked on the bottom Sterling by Frank M Whiting and Company Weighted and Reinforced. These are very unusual and offer a lot of flexibility to someone who likes to create interesting table centerpieces. The compotes could be used to hold fruit, flowers, candy or pillar candles.
The candlesticks alone are about 5 inches tall and about 4 1/2 inches across the base. With the inserts, they are 6 inches tall. They do have some condition issues. There is some denting to the silver which I have show in the last couple of pictures. There is also a rattle in one candlestick where some of the material that was used to weight has come a bit loose. They still display very well and the price reflects these issues.