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montana_magpie

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iconnumber posted 09-29-2004 01:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for montana_magpie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a cube-shaped box (2.5" x 2.5" x 2.5") that is marked "Tiffany & Co, Sterling, Portugal on the bottom. The inside of the box is smooth but the exterior is completely textured with a pattern that makes me think of the many fine layers in rich pastry.

Is this a fake, and if it is, might it still be sterling?

Any information will be sincerely appreciated.

Thank you.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 09-29-2004 06:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please post photos. See How to post photos

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 09-29-2004 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't think it is a fake. It sounds like modern Tiffany silver, some of which is now produced in other countries and then just stamped Tiffany & Co to be sold in NY or one of their other stores. Sadly, most of these newer Tiffany items no longer exhibit the fine quality and innovation of Tiffany's earlier silver that was produced in-house.

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montana_magpie

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iconnumber posted 09-30-2004 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for montana_magpie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to everyone who responded to my post. I have tried to get a picture over here but so far have failed. Unfortunately, I'm about to leave town for a couple of weeks so it will have to wait until I get back. The stamp on the bottom of the box is in all caps without any other marks. It looks something like this:

TIFFANY&CO
STERLING
PORTUGAL


The box is heavy for it's size - it's made of thick metal and, I think, quite well made.

I can email the pictures but can't figure out how to get them here!

Many thanks.

Pat

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 10-15-2004 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is clearly a contemporary gift piece by Tiffany, who routinely outsource their silver to European makers. Portugal has a great silversmithing tradition, so it's logical that they would be one place to produce things for Tiffany. Tiffany today does in fact produce a lot of its own silver, but nowhere near at the level they did in their Newark factory at the turn of the century.

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