Bread Basket

Handleless, circular, pierced bowl with boss bottom; made as one piece. Flared rim has an overlapping swag design and folded edge. Sides have a continuous latticework design with reeding above and below. Bottom underside stamped with four equidistant incuse marks, "W" in a circle flanked by three-dash flourishes, and "STERLING", "6558", and "GALT & BRO.", all in sans serif letters; "1235-" faintly scratched directly above "6558". Bottom dented.
Maker is Frank M. Whiting & Co. of North Attleboro, MA, 1878-1940. Company started as F.M. Whiting & Co. by Frank M. Whiting (1849-1892), the son of William D. Whiting of the Whiting Mfg. Co. After Frank died in 1892, his widow, mother and two sisters ran the business as F.M. Whiting and F.M. Whiting Co. until an 1896 trademark lawsuit brought by Whiting Mfg. required the firm to be renamed Frank M. Whiting & Co. and to stop using its griffin mark, giving rise to the "W" in circle mark.
Retailed by Galt & Bro. of Washington, DC; 1892-2001. Successor firm to M. W. Galt & Bro., 1847-1879 (continued silversmith and jewelry business started by their father James Galt in 1802) and M.W. Galt, Bro. & Co., 1879-1892.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1900
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 4.6 cm x 18.3 cm; 1 13/16 in x 7 3/16 in
overall: 1 7/8 in x 7 1/8 in; 4.7625 cm x 18.0975 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, North Attleboro
place sold
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
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catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John H. Crea
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