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iconnumber posted 02-07-2002 11:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A friend brought by a real mixed bag of silver by tonight seeking some identifications. Most were standard coin with a bit of nice Whiting Lily and a slew of souvenir spoons. There were, however, some taste treats including a few nice Tiffany Wavy Edge pieces and these two, which I don't know. The first is a substantial placespoon with a gilt bowl.

It is marked lower case m, TIFFANY & Co., Sterling.
The second is a serving spoon (of a pair) and has very rubbed marks that look vaguely like Tiffany's with a cap M.

Pardon the poor scan. The fern leaf pattern is beautifully cut and unworn.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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iconnumber posted 02-08-2002 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello WEV,

The top one is of interest to me, because it is another ANTIQUE ENGRAVED variation. Tiffany apparently made quite a few different ANTIQUE ENGRAVED patterns, but very few of them seem to show up on the antiques market. The most common is ANTIQUE IVY, which was made in some abundance. I have two other variations, which are pictured in previous posts. I have seen at least one other for sale on eBay, but this one is new to me. Glad to see it!

The lower one is a piece of the highly-sought-after "Lap Over Edge". Tiffany decorated these pieces with a large number of different motifs, usually etched but sometimes applied. Looks like you have a dandy example of a fern motif here. Great piece!


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iconnumber posted 02-09-2002 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can read about Tiffany's Antique Engraved in the book Tiffany Silver Flatware, 1845-1905: When Dining Was an Art, by Hood et. al., published by Antique Collectors' Club in 2000, pp. 202-208. The Lap Over Edge pattern is covered extensively in the same text, pp. 219-232.

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