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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 12728
Date: 28 March 1888-1892[1]
Author: Beatrix Whistler[2]
Place: [London]
Recipient: [none]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler NB 7/2
Document Type: AD[3]


[pp. 2-3]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
4 Candlesticks Columns - Dutch Plated - Bought of Robert Dicker[4]. Vigo Street - May. 15th 1888 36 0 0
2 Candlesticks Sheffield Spiral ascending pattern Rams heads on base - Bought of Robert Carter[5] Tottenham Court Road 1888 4 - 0
12 Baskets - Silver various patterns. Dutch - Fine wire [drawing of a basket] Bought Robert Dicker        
Six Feather edge Teaspoons -     1888      

 

[pp. 4-5]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. s.
4 Candlesticks Dutch column - reeded half way - plain base - Corinthian capitals Bought of Robert Dicker Vigo Street. May 15th. 1888 36 0 0
2 Candlesticks Changed these and cheese s[erver?] for two Sauce Boats. Sheffield Plate - Spiral pattern of leaves up column rams heads and festoons on base -  Bought of Robert Carter Tottenham Court Road 1888 4 4 -.
Candlesticks 2 Sheffield Plate 2 Branch[e]s - place for another candle in centre - Bought of Wells - Hanway Street[6] Oxford St. 1888 6 15 0
      £ 46 19 0

 

[pp. 6-7]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
Tea pot. Silver Dutch - [drawing of a tea pot] Robert Dicker - 1889 10 0 0
Tea caddy. Silver Dutch Robert Dicker 1889 8 7 15 0 0 0
Sugar Basin Silver Dutch [drawing of a sugar basin] Robert Dicker - 1889 8 15 0
Brought forward - £46 - 19 -   £ 25 15  
  £46 - 19  
 25   15
£71 - 14

 

[pp. 8-9]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
Silver Nutmeg Grater - George. III Dicker June 30th 1888 - 6. 13 6
Silver Lip salve box Dutch . north Frisia 18 Samson[7]   - 7 0
5 Scallop - Shells Sheffield Plate English - 2 from - Pyke[8]- July 30th. 1888 2 0 0
3 Harvey & Gore[9] - July 18. 1888 4 8 0
Brought forward. £71-14     7 - 6
71 14   
£78 14 6

 

[pp. 10-11]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
Silver Milk Jug. Dutch - Black handle with flower - [drawing of a milk jug] fastening handle -   1889 4 10 -
Cream Jug. Silver Old English. George III [drawing of a cream jug] Wells. 1889. 2 10 0
2 Cream jugs Silver same pattern. George III     2 10  
? 2 10  
Brought forward. £78 14 6 - £78 - 14 6 -   £12  0 0
 12   0  0  78 14 6
 90 14  6  

 

[pp. 12-13]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
7 Table spoons . Irish - Robert Dicker 1888 7 0 0
6 Tea Spoons Silver Old English with pattern on back Wells - Sep. 1 - 1888 - 2 0 0
6 Tea spoons silver Feather edge -          
7 - .. small .. With patterns on backs - (various) without pattern ) Present from Mrs Dicker 1888      
5 .. .. .. ..
4. .. .. - Old English - [plain?] pattern on handle      
[5 4?]       2 10 0
12 George II - Pattern on back of handle Harvey & Gore - Jan 29 1890      
12. Antique -   Parkes - July 5 th- 1890      
6 Dessert spoons Silver Irish - elaborate pattern engraved on handle Dicker - 1888 4 0 0
9 .. .. silver - - 9 with crest. - Dicker - 1890      
6 - .. .. plain . George III.   Dicker -        
Brought forward £90 14 - 6       15 10 0
    90 14 6
£106  4 6

 

[pp. 14-15]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
Forks. Silver       £ s. d.
-6. Large - George III - .. .. . [illegible ]) Robert Dicker - May . 15; 1888 7 0 0
6. small -            
6 - large - heavier than above - George III Robert Dicker May 19th. 1888 4 0 0
12 .. Dessert . George III - Dicker July 6. 1888 7 10 0
6. Table - Forks. George III Dicker July - 6. 3 15 0
12 dessert - 4 small.            
Hot waterChafing Dish Old Sheffield - Three handles. 1 Harvey & Gore - Nov. 23rd 1888 5 0 0
Chafing dish Old Sheffield. Oval Lamp & . Stand. Harvey & Gore - August 8th 1888 - 4 10 0
Brought forward - £108 - 4 - 6       31 15 0
   106  4 6
£137 19 6

 

[pp. 16-17]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
Chafing - Dish Sheffield dish Harvey & Gore - May 15th 1888 4 4 0
Chafing dish Old Sheffield - Cheese Dish. Dicker July 6 1888 4 0 0
Cheese Dish Old Sheffield Dicker . July 6. 1888 5 15 0
Brought forward £137 19 - 6.       £13 18 - 6   6
   137- 19 - 6
£151 17   6

 

[pp. 18-19]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
Cheese - dish Old Sheffield Harvey & Gore - May 29 1888. 5 10 0
2 Salt Cellars - Silver 4 [ditto?] Dutch [drawing of a salt cellar] blue glass cups - Lyon[10] - Holborn Dicker - 1888 1892. 3 10 0
2 Salt cellars - Silver 4 ditto - made by French - [drawing of a salt cellar] Parkes - Vigo St June 25th 1889 5 10  
Brought forward £151 -17 - 6       £13- 10 0
   151    
£164 10  

 

[pp. 20-21]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
- Toast Rack - Silver George III - Lyon - Holborn . 1888 3 10? 0
12 Baskets - various patterns Dutch for strawberries [5 drawings of silver baskets] Dicker - Vigo St 1888 June. 30th 12 16 0
First six - July - 2nd 6 0 0
Three - Dicker - July 6 5 0 0
Three - Dicker August 23rd      
2 Sheffield Fruit Baskets - [2 drawings of fruit baskets] Harvey and Gore 1888 2 0 0
3 Sheffield Plate Bread Baskets - [drawing:] no. 1 No 1 Harvey & Gore - 2 10 0
[drawing:] no. 2 No 2 - Pyke - 3 10 0
[drawing:] crest on handle No 3 - Dicker. 3 10 -
Brought forward. £164 - 10 - 0          
    £ 44 11 0   £44 11 0
    164 10 -   164 10  
    209  1 0        

 

[pp. 22-23]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
Coffee pot and silver spirit lamp Dutch. Dicker - Vigo St. 1889. 7 0 0
Coffee pot silver Venetian Dicker - Vigo Street 1889      
Coffee pot and stand - Sheffield plate Harvey and Gore 1888 4 5 0
Brought forward £ 209 - 1 - 0.          

 

[pp. 24-25]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
Silver Fish Slice - Dutch - pierced work Dicker - 1888 4 15  
Asparagus tongs Silver - Old English George III Dicker 1888 4 0 0
Grape Scissors Silver   Dicker 1889      

 

[pp. 26-27]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
12 Dessert Knives and Forks Old English pistol handles. Dicker - 1889.      
Silver Salad Servers. Dutch. Dicker 1888 21 0 0
Silver knives and forks. Carvers Dutch. Dicker - 1889.      

 

[pp. 28-29]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
2 Silver bottle stands Spanish - Dicker - 1889 .      
9 Stands with glasses - silver Dutch - 7 plain - 2 with patterns. Dicker 1889.      
2 stands with glasses - small - silver Irish - Dicker 1889      

 

[pp. 30-31]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
Silver Mustard pot and spoon. George III [drawing of a pot] glass-lining - Dicker - 1889      
2 Soup Ladles . Silver - Old English Feather Edge. Harvey and Gore. 1889, 3 6 0
Irish-engraved handle - This was the first thing bought. Dicker - 1888 - March 28th. 2 12 6.
2 - Sugar. Tongs. Silver George III Smaller pattern from Dicker 1888 1 0 0
      - 15 -

 

[pp. 32-33]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
4 Silver Ladles-small Scotch- feather edge-crest. Parkes. 1889 3 10. 0.
2 Fluted shell bowls - old English Dicker - 1888 2 12 6
2 plain - 1 Fluted bowl.   Pyke - 1888      
Dicker - Harv   ?    
1 Silver Punch ladle - - George III. Wedding present from William McNeill Whistler[11] 1888 -      
1 Punch Ladle - George III Whale bone-handle Harvey & Gore. May 1. 1889 - 2 11 6
3 . .. .. Small George III .. .. May 1st 1889      

 

[pp. 34-35]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
Silver Sugar Castor. Scotch - [temp?] - William & Mary - Lyon - Holborn - 1889 .  15 0 0.
Silver Beaker Dutch. Engraved figures in medallions - Wedding present - Heseltine[12] .        
Silver lemon strainer Old English two handled -   1889 -   3. 10 0
      £18 10 0

 

[pp. 36-37]

ARTICLE DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
Silver Egg Whisk Old - English Harvey & Gore - 1889 . 15 0
Silver Cheese Scoop.  2 Silver Sauce boats - Dutch and branch candlesticks - Changed this for two silver boats Dicker - 1889 2 12 0
Silver Bacon Dish George III - long black handle - Oval dish chain to keep up cover. Dicker 1889 -      
Brought forward -          

 

[pp. 38-39]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
Saucepan - silver French - Stand and lamp - Bought in Loche - Touraine[13] - Octbr - 1888   37 francs
Silver stand to above Dutch Dicker   5 0 0
Basin (soup?) Silver English - George III coin in bottom - two handles. Wells - Park-Side Knightbridge - Decbr. 29 1888 - 6 0 0
Silver Pepper Mill Modern English .. Strand . ? 1 10 .
        £14 0 0

 

[pp. 40-41]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
15 Long handled spoons. Silver [drawing of a spoon] Dutch [gravy?] spoons Dickers Feb.. 1888 1 10  
.. .. May. 18th.   2 10  
1. From Samsons. Hanway St 1888   16  
Silver Sugar Spoon Dutch - same pattern as Fish slice - Samson 1888 1 7  
.. .. .. English - perforated bowl. Present - Rowe - 1888 -      
2. Patch boxes Silver Dutch. Cabinet shape one with perforated laid round top Samson August 30 1888 - 1 - 8 6.

 

[pp. 42-43]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
Breakfast dish and stand Silver Old English Dish and Cover - Circular - Lead edge and handles - on oval thread skeleton stand with lamp. Boore[14] - Strand Feb. 7. 1889 23- 0 0
Sheffield Punch bowl - Square [drawing of bowl] Lions heads and rings at ends. Harvey & Gore - April 18 1889 th 4 10 0
Silver Pickle Fork Dutch. Dicker - 1889 2 0 0
      £ 29 10 0

 

[pp. 44-45]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
Silver - Gravy Spoon - Old English - Shell pattern handle - very fine - Dicker Parker 1889 2 15 0
Silver stand - for Venetian bottles George III   ? ?    
Plated Kettle and stand . English From - The White House[15] ? ?    

 

[pp. 46-47]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
Boot Hook - Silver - Dutch. Dicker   0 18 6
Box Silver - Dutch - Oval Dicker - August 10th 1888 - 4 0 0
Needle Case for carrying etching needles Silver - Dutch - Corinet on - top - with letters RA and horseshoe - Butterfly[16] engraved on bottom Dicker - July 6th. 1888. 1 10 0
        6 8 6

 

[pp. 48-49]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
2 Boxes Sheffield Plate old. Harvey & Gore. Dec. 29th 1888 - 3 8 0
Frame - and blue - glass dish for latter - Dutch. Dicker Feb 16th. 188 9- 3 10 0
Silver fish slice.            

 

[pp. 50-51]

ARTICLE. DESCRIPTION. REMARKS. DATE. COST.
        £ s. d.
2 Candlesticks. 4 lights with shade plated - Louis XVI [drawing of lights] Paris - in the Rue Lafitte.        
2 Candlesticks. 2 lights with shade - Louis XVI Same as preceding. [drawing of lights] Paris.        
1 Tea maker [drawing of tea maker] Parkes.        

 


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Notes:

1.  28 March 1888-1892
Dated from the earliest and final dates recorded on the document; however, it seems likely that the list was actually started some time after the Whistlers had started to collect silver in 1888, and additions were made at various dates throughout the book at various dates.

2.  Beatrix Whistler
Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more] (see also #12727).

3.  AD
The notes are written in a small printed ledger; with two columns on the left hand of each opening, the rest on the right. The entries are in pen, and the drawings are all by Beatrix Whistler. At a later date, the pages were numbered in pencil, and the numbering here follows that pagination.

4.  Robert Dicker
Silversmith and jeweller.

5.  Robert Carter
Silversmith.

6.  Wells Hanway Street
Jeweller and silversmith.

7.  Samson
Jeweller and silversmith.

8.  Pyke
Jeweller and silversmith.

9.  Harvey and Gore
Jeweller and silversmiths.

10.  Lyon
Jeweller in Holborn, London.

11.  Whistler
William McNeill Whistler (1836-1900), physician, JW's brother [more].

12.  Heseltine
John Postle Heseltine (1843-1929), accountant, amateur etcher, collector of prints and drawings [more].

13.  Touraine
JW and Beatrix Whistler were in Loches, Touraine, on their honeymoon.

14.  Boore
Silversmith and jeweller in the Strand, London.

15.  White House
The house in Tite Street designed for JW by Edward William Godwin (1833-1886), architect and designer [more]; all its contents were sold at the time of |JW's bankruptcy in 1879; someone must have bought this back for him, or kept it safe.

16.  butterfly
JW had his butterfly engraved on the silver in the form adopted after marriage (the butterfly in front of the trefoil that was Beatrix's symbol).