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Whiting Manufacturing Company (American (New York), 1866-1926 (absorbed into Gorham in 1926), circa 1888. A sterling silver Aesthetic movement water pitcher of tapering cylindrical form with large reeds or scallops to foot flattening out upward to body to a smooth top end, with loop form handle to one side of body of twisted form constricted at center decorated with triple scrolls at top flush to body and terminating in a swan head at bottom also flush to vessel body, the handle opposite an everted spout. Pitcher inscribed below spout "Westminster Kennel Club. / Election Day / 1888. / won by / Charles Grenville Peters.". Underside with maker's mark above "STERLING / 2530 / 4 1/2 PINTS". Approximate height 9.375", width (spout to handle) 6.25", diameter of foot 4.875". Approximate weight 28.9 troy ounces. Note: Charles Grenville Peters (American (New York), 1850-1911) appears to have been an ever-present personality in turn-of-the-century New York society with records showing his membership and participation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Opera (specifically at the 1884 Bachelor's Ball for which he was a host along with Edwards Pierrepont, Mrs. William Astor, and others). Peters married Mary L. Walker at his father's home at 179 Madison Avenue on April 14, 1894, and Mrs. Peters continued her pursuit of artistic and cultural collaboration for the remainder of her life having well noted donations to the Met and sales of her private collection at Sotheby's and The Anderson Galleries.
Overall with light surface scratches commensurate with age and use. Minor scattered pitting to underside. Various minor dents/dings to exterior, one notable to top edge of flute at side of pitcher. No apparent losses, cracks, or removals.