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Roger Shaw Busch

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iconnumber posted 03-31-2001 12:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Roger Shaw Busch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw a large silverplate tureen for sale with Tiffany & Co marked. Below this mark was an indented square with a raised "S" in the middle. (pardon my terminology -- I am new at this) Any idea what this means?

My ancestor, Thomas Shaw, worked for Tiffany as a silverplater. I know the Adams & Shaw mark, but am unfamiliar with most of the other marks. Were a seperate set of marks used for silver plate or were the same marks used as on his steling silver works.

Any good books on this subject?

Many thanks, Roger Shaw Busch

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iconnumber posted 07-11-2001 11:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Martine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Tiffany Silver book by the Carpenters is very informative. I went through the chapter on the marks and there was no S mark. But perhaps if you look at the pictures, perhaps the style of the Tiffany & Co. marks could give you a clue. Without pictures of the tureen and the marks, it is impossible to answer your question properly. It is possible that another company made the tureen and Tiffany just retailed it.

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 07-12-2001 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not being an expert on Tiffany silver-plated wares, I have little to add to what Martine has posted except to give you details of the reference he suggested. The book is Tiffany Silver, by Charles H. Carpenter Jr. with Mary Grace Carpenter, published originally in New York by Dodd, Mead, 1978; revised edition published in San Francisco by Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 1997.

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