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vathek

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iconnumber posted 02-12-2004 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently acquired 2 serving spoons marked only "Tiffany & Co". One has a small 'o' stamped on it. They are quite obviously silver but there is no standard mark. Would these be coin? The pattern is a bead and thread edge with an acanthus finial. They are definitely not plate. thanks.

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 02-12-2004 03:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your spoons are coin silver and were retailed rather than made by Tiffany & Co. (which did not begin manufacturing its own silver flatware until 1869). The maker is not identifiable. Don't know what the "O" means. The name of the company was changed from Tiffany, Young & Ellis to Tiffany & Co. in 1853. It was probably in the late 1850s that Tiffany required all the silver it sold be of sterling quality. So likely your spoons date from c. 1853-c. 1858. From your description, I cannot identify the flatware pattern.

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vathek

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2004 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
thanks for the info, it will save me a lot of time looking through Tiffany catalogues.

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2004 08:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your search would have been futile, as Tiffany didn't publish catalogues in this time frame (catalogues issued 1845 and 1846, and annually or biennially from 1876 to 1920s) and the catalogues never contained illustrations of items for sale anyway.

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