you have a fantastic example of Wilcox Silverplate from the early 20th century. During the 1920's and 1930's silver designers experimented with a new design look that took ideas that were inspired by the modern world - very deco in style. At that time Wilcox Silver was showing some very interesting pieces. If you visit the Addison Gallery of American Art and look at Deco Silver you will see a very nice example of the time.
you have an interesting and timeless design square covered vegetable dish with a square finial as a handle. The lines on this are simply sublime. Please see photographs.
This piece measures 4" tall from bottom to top of finial handle. It is 9" wide and square.
Silvermark reads as follows: Wilcox Quality at top. In a semi-circle Wilcox S.P. Co. Then inside of the semi-circle EPNS. At bottom of semi-circle reads International S. Co. Below that it reads W.M. Mounts and 5825 N.
I am dating this piece to circa 1920 based on two things. One the modern design which was being experimented with in the early 20th century. Two, because the date stamp indicates that it is from the time prior to the plant's closing in 1941 due to the metal shortage during WWII. A few pieces were made for Wilcox at other factories after the war, but the style on this looks more like the... read more