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HISTORY AND MARKS
Whiting Manufacturing Co traces its origin to the firm Tifft & Whiting formed in 1840 by Albert C. Tifft and William Dean Whiting.
After the retirement of Tifft the firm changed to Whiting & Gooding (& Co) in 1853, Whiting Fessenden & Cowan (1858), Tifft Whiting & Co (1859, re-entering of Tifft), Whiting Cowan & Bowen (1864) until its forming as Whiting Manufacturing Co in 1866.
The factory, located in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, was destroyed by a fire in 1875. What was salvaged by the ruins was acquired by F, Jones and the production transferred to New York combining its manufacturing operations and offices into one building at 692-694 Broadway at Fourth Street.
The company was purchased by Gorham in 1924 and the production transferred to Providence, Rhode Island.
Whiting had relatively small production output but produced exceptional handmade silverware in relatively small quantities.
The Company's most famous and important designer was Charles Osborne. In the 1880's he worked for Tiffany for a period of time before returning to Whiting. His designs are some of the most important of the American aesthetic movement.
From 1905 to 1924 the firm marked its production with date symbols.
Whiting was absorded by Gorham in 1926.

CHRONOLOGY
Tifft & Whiting 1840-1853
Whiting & Gooding (& Co) 1853 - 1858
Whiting, Fessenden & Cowan 1858 - 1859
Tifft, Whiting & Co 1859 - 1864
Whiting, Cowan & Bowen 1864 - 1866
Whiting Manufacturing Co 1866 - 1924
absorbed by Gorham 1926


STERLING SILVER MARKS
Tifft & Whiting sterling silver mark
Tifft & Whiting mark
Tifft & Whiting & Co sterling silver mark
Tifft & Whiting & Co mark
Whiting Manufacturing Co sterling silver mark on holloware Whiting Manufacturing Co sterling silver mark on holloware
Whiting Manufacturing Co mark on holloware
Whiting Manufacturing Co sterling silver mark on flatware
Whiting Manufacturing Co sterling silver mark on flatware
Whiting Manufacturing Co mark on flatware




DATING WHITING SILVER BY CONSTRUCTION NUMBER (1880-1894)
Beginning about 1880, Whiting stamped its hollowware with a sequential number, essentially a design number, allowing the designs and objects to be systematically tracked. The objects were marked also with a letter (A through Z) apparently indicating an alternative ornamental scheme.
DATE      STAMP      DESIGN NUMBER
1880      unknown                  -
1881      unknown                  -
1882      unknown                  -
1883     1000-1341             341
1884     1342-1623             281
1885     1624-1951             327
1886     1953-2317             364
1887     2318-2648             330
1888     2649-2940             291
1889     2941-3231             290
1890     3232-3465             233
1891     3466-3827             361
1892     3828-4050             222
1893     4051-4332             281
1894     4333-4740             407


WHITING MANUFACTURING CO YEAR MARK (1905-1924)


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WHITING MANUFACTURING CO FLATWARE PATTERNS

Whiting manufactured a wide array of flatware patterns, of its own design or using the acquired dies of Michael Gimney and Henry Hebbard.
The list of flatware patterns manufactured by Whiting Mfg Co comprises:

Adam (1907), Alhambra (1880 photo 1), Antique-Chased (1882), Antique Lily-Engraved (1882), Antique Rosette (1880), Arabesque (1875 photo 2), Armor (1871), Athenian (1890), Bead (1880), Berry (1880), Burlington (1914), Chateau (1923), Colonial (1907), Cox 1850), Dandelion (1890), Diamond (1880), Dorothy Vernon (1909), Dresden (1896), Duchess (1906), Duke of York (1900), Eastlake (1880), Egyptian (1875), Fairfield (1912), French Thread (1880), Fruit (1880), Gem Leaf (1880), Gibney (1862), Grape (1855), Grecian (1862 photo 3), Heraldic (1880 photo 9), Honeysuckle (1870), Hyperion (1888), Imperial Queen (1893), Indian (1874), Italian 1880) Ivy (1865), Japanese (1874), Jenny Lind (1920), Keystone (1888), King Albert (1919), King Edward (1901 photo 4), Lady Baltimore (1910), Laureate (1890), Le Cordon (1850), Lily (1870), Lily (1902,Lion, Pat 1902), Lily of the Valley (1885 photo 5), Livingston (1914), Louis XV (1891), Madam Jumel (1908), Madam Morris (1909), Mandarin (1918), Mask (1889), Newport (1917), Old King 1890), Oriana (1916), Oval Thread 1880), Oval Twist (1880), Persian (1880), Pompadour (1895 1898), Pompeian (1913), Portland (1913 1914), Prince Albert (1855 photo 6), Radiant (1895), Roses and Scrolls (circa 1890), Rosette (1890 photo 7), St. Martin's (1916), Stratford (1910), Stuart (1912), Violet (1905), Wedgwood (1910 photo 8)

1 Alhambra   2 Arabesque   3 Grecian   4 King Edward   5 Lily of the Valley   6 Prince Albert   7 Rosette   8 Wedgwood   9 Heraldic



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AMERICAN STERLING SILVER MARKS
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SILVER MANUFACTURERS: MARKS, HISTORY AND INFORMATION
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