* An American Silver Three-Piece Coffee Set Maker's Mark WC possibly for William Codman, Jr., Chicago, Early 20th Century comprising a coffee pot, creamer and sugar bowl, all with spot hammered surfaces realistically chased with large sprays of poppies, strap handles marked on undersides and engraved Hand-Wrought and with initials WC 24 ozt 123 dwt Height of coffee pot 8 1/4 inches Estimate $ 700-900
Property from the Hugh Johnston Hubbard Trust, Lake Forest, Illinois
Darcy L. Evon, in Hand Wrought Arts & Crafts Metalwork & Jewelry 1890-1940, 2013, notes that maker's mark WC may be that of William Codman, Jr. who was working in Chicago in the late 19th-early 20th century. The son of famed Martele designer, William Christmas Codman Sr., William Jr. and his brother John moved to Chicago in 1895 to design for Spaulding & Co.. While John stayed in Chicago for only one year, William Jr. remained in the city and likely produced a wholesale line of hand raised and chased silver retailed by various Chicago-based jewelry firms (pp. 144, 270).
coffee pot with a 1-inch dent and two small shallow dents to lower body but not through, creamer with two shallow dings at shoulder, overall good condition, chasing crisp and well executed, charming