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iconnumber posted 09-25-1999 02:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ksrabe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am researching a Durand Moorish Crackle lamp shade which was converted to a base by adding a silver base marked "Made for Tiffany & Co. Sterling D1679". This mark is not represented in the new Carpenter book on "Tiffany".

Does anyone know what this mark means? Obviously another company made the mount. When,and who worked for Tiffany that would mark in this manner? The Durand expert, Edward Meschi, has told me that Durand had no relationship with Tiffany that his research has indicated.

Thanks for any help or leads.


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iconnumber posted 10-06-1999 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My only comment here is that I hope you don't try to undo the conversion to a vase from a lampshade, since the present object is an important document in its own right. Secondly, I should note that there were MANY silversmiths who made things for Tiffany & Co., but they were not always acknowledged so clearly on the pieces. Tiffany was a busy place, and didn't always have the in-house hand (especially after WWII) to do specific kinds of work--like making a silver mount for a piece of fragile glass. I suspect that the D in the design number is the clue, and may be an initial of a maker's name--but it might be a small shop who did only custom work. I'd love to see a picture.

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