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Frank Mortimer Whiting
  • Born: 21 Apr 1849, Attleboro MA
  • Marriage (1): Florence L. Hancock on 21 Jun 1881 in Attleboro MA
  • Died: 28 May 1892, Attleboro MA

  General notes:

Silversmith and jeweler

  Events in his life were:

  • He appeared on the 1870 census taken at Attleboro MA, listed as a silversmith.
  • He was a partner before 1878 with ? Holbrook and ? Albee in North Attleboro MA as HOLBROOK, WHITING, & ALBEE. 12
  • He worked in 1878-1881 as a silversmith in North Attleboro MA as F. M. WHITING & Co. 12
  • He appeared on the 1880 census taken at North Attleboro MA, listed as a jewelry manufacturer.
  • He worked in 1891-1892 as a silversmith in North Attleboro MA as F. M. WHITING. At his death, the business was continued by his widow, mother, and two sisters. In 1895, the company was converted to a stock company under the name F. M. WHITING & Co. In 1896, the firm's name was changed to FRANK. M. WHITING & Co. after a lawsuit brought by WHITING MANUFACTURING. The firm was also required to drop its griffin mark. In 1924, it was sold to Ellmore Silver Co. 12

  • He was issued design patent number 21,559 on 24 May 1892



    SPECIFICATION forming part of Design No. 21,559, dated May 24, 1892.
    Application filed March 21, 1892, Serial No. 425,857. Term of patent 3 1/2 years.

    To all whom it may concern:
    Be it known that I, FRANK MORTIMER WHITING, a citizen of the United States, residing at North Attleborough, Bristol county, Massachusetts, have invented and produced a new and original Design for the Handles of Spoons, Forks, and the Like, of which the following is a specification.
    In the accompanying drawing I have shown my design as applied to the handle of a spoon in a plan view.
    It will be understood that while I have shown the design as applied to a spoon it may be applied to the handles of similar objects if found desirable, and instead of being applied to one side only may be applied to both.
    The leading feature of my design consists in the representation of a bow-knot on the enlarged part of the handle, with two streamers extending lengthwise of the handle. The handle is shown as perfectly plain, and at its widest part two loops are formed, which extend parallel or approximately parallel to the sides of the spoon, with the representation of a band passing around between the loops, and with two streamers extending from the central part of the band toward the reduced part of the handle. The two streamers are of different lengths and their ends are divided. The streamers are represented as extending downwardly in wavy lines and approximately parallel to each other, with the longer part of the divided lines adjacent, and with the shorter ends projecting out toward the ends of the spoon.
    I claimó
    The design for the handles of spoons, forks, and the like, herein shown and described.
    In testimony whereof I affix my signature in presence of two witnesses.

    Frank Mortimer Whiting

    Eugene O'Brien
    Wm. H. Pond

Frank married Florence L. Hancock on 21 Jun 1881 in Attleboro MA. (Florence L. Hancock was born in 1855 and died in 1950.)

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