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Durginlover
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iconnumber posted 04-29-2004 03:50 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am trying desperately to figure out the difference between two very similar Tiffany Patterns. In Faneuil and Queen Anne, especially in the knives, how does one know what pattern is which? They are very similar and I am having the hardest time trying to make sure I am purchasing the correct pattern! Your help would be most appreciated!

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 05-06-2004 07:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For a discussion of the different marks and forms of these two patterns, consult the book by Hood, Berlin and Wawrynek, Tiffany Silver Flatware, 1845-1905: When Dining Was an Art, published by Antique Collectors' Club, Suffolk, early 2000 and reprinted 2003, pp. 209-210.

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Thank you for pointing the difference in the solid handled flatware from your book. I am still unsure about the hollow handled knife issue though. Should I take into conisderation the blades and condition of said blades in regards to if they are Queen Anne or Faneuil? Is the a difference in the actual width of the handle, or in the length?

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iconnumber posted 05-06-2004 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your question re knives is one that I unfortuately cannot answer definitively. Have never seen a Queen Anne hollow-handled knife. The blade on such a knife should be carbon steel or silver-plated, unless it has a replacement stainless blade. Very early Faneuil knives might also be carbon steel or silver-plated, but the later ones would probably all be stainless. Both Queen Anne and early Fanueil dinner and breakfast knife blades should be blunt-tipped. So distinguishing the two could be very difficult.

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mdpiisilver
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iconnumber posted 10-05-2004 05:15 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While I was working at the Tiffany archives in New Jersey I had an opportunity to work on this exact question (I am a Faneuil collector). The Queen Ann pattern was redesigned by A.A. Southwick in about 1910. It was a bit thinner in the handle and a bit straighter (less formed). Tiffany's continued to use some of the same bowl dies as they did in Queen Ann. In fact, it is clear to me that they continued to sell some of the same Queen Ann pieces as Faneuil. This seems to be true of the more esoteric pieces. However, to answer your question, the original Queen Ann knives had wider handles. No dating will work in trying to distinguish Queen Ann from Faneuil. This is because Tiffany continued to fill special orders of Queen Anne even after the introduction of Faneuil. Confusing...it sure is.

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