WHS Co. Germany?

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WHS Co. Germany?

Postby jlynn1 » Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:51 pm

Greetings, I cannot get the knife to show in one picture - not sure what is wrong, so I apologize for the 3rd picture. This knife is 7" long. Some of the details of the mark will not show up either, but it reads W.H.S. Co with the o raised and underscored. Just below is stamped GERMANY. On each side of the handle the stamp STERLING appears. The paper scroll is on both sides as well, with a monogram within on one side.

Likely belonged to the g-grandparents. Born 1880's, married prior to 1917, died 1940's. I have seen some references to the internet of similar mark, however it is on purses - have not found any reference to flatware or other silver. I keep redirecting to Saart which had a similar mark, however they are an American company, and the WHS was within a globe.

Thank you in advance.


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Re: WHS Co. Germany?

Postby silverport » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:15 pm

»Not German« but »British«

Hello »jlynn1«

Welcome to the Forum.

By my experience and knowledge of European cutlery I may state:

The here shown fruit knife isn’t »German«, but »British«.

Seldom could you get German fruit knifes with a blade made from Silver (in this case: STERLING).

Markings on knife’s blades are very often differing in relation to maker’s mark “normal” punches.

If »WHSCo« on the knife’s blade signification is e.g. »W.H.S.« [March 1906] of »William Henry Sparrow« or »William Hutton & Sons« or some body else I couldn’t state either.

Please look here (right side, middle): http://www.925-1000.com/dlBirmingham6.html#M

The form of the knife’s haft pattern is a classic »Round stem« pattern; but hammered, as it became usual on Continental cutlery after WWI.

The tip of the knife’s blade isn’t very common — at least on German fruit knifes; that tip would be at least “exotic”.

Well the saw on the knife’s blade back, you could some times also find on German fruit knifes, e.g. for oranges.

I hope that one of our British experts know this kind of knifes — and maybe the maker too.

Kind regards silverport

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Re: WHS Co. Germany?

Postby cmmeacham » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:21 am

This is a US piece. The blade was made in Germany. Most American silver companies bought their blades in Germany in the late 19th & early 20th century. This was also true of scissors (my specialty). The WHS Co is the W. H. Saart Co. of Attleboro, Mass. Some US companies had their German supplier stamp their mark on the blades. Gorham did this as well. Carolyn

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Re: WHS Co. Germany?

Postby dognose » Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:12 pm

Hi Carolyn,

Welcome to the Forum.


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