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iconnumber posted 02-11-2004 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carlaz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am having a slight debate over the correct way to describle the various versions of the fabulous Tiffany pattern "Lap over edge". For the patterns that have a raised design on the handles, would these be described as etched or engraved? I have heard the term 'acid etched' as well when describing the "conventional" design. Now, on the mixed metal version of "Lap over edge" would the correct terminology be 'applied' or 'decorated'.

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iconnumber posted 02-11-2004 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lap Over Edge was decorated in several ways. The most common was by (acid) etching, in which the design was painted on in an acid-resistant medium. When the handle was then subjected to acid, the non-painted areas were eroded away, leaving the design in relief (raised). The next most common was by soldering externally made decoration (which could have been silver, plated silver or non-silver metals) to the surface. This is called applied decoration. More rarely designs were inlaid into the surface metal. Least commonly, the design was engraved, i.e., the design was executed by removing metal with sharp graving tools.
For further discussion and pictures, see Hood, with Berlin and Wawrynek, Tiffany Silver Flatware, 1845-1905: When Dining Was an Art (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 2000), pp. 219-232.

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iconnumber posted 02-12-2004 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carlaz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you so much for your prompt and informative reply

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