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eyeball4

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iconnumber posted 10-10-2004 06:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eyeball4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am looking for any information on Tiffany, Reed and Co. (or Tiffany, Reed & Co.)I know Gideon Reed headed the Paris office of Tiffany for many years. A friend of mine asked me to help research something called 'Tresor D'Hildesheim' which is a Tiffany, Reed and Co. made reproduction of an ancient Roman dining tureen or platter uncovered at Hildesheim Germany in 1868. Any information would be greatly appreciated...sure glad I found this site!

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 10-14-2004 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In 1850 Gideon E. T. Reed became the fourth partner in what was known at the time as Tiffany, Young and Ellis and became the resident head of a new branch in Paris called Tiffany, Reed & Co. It was both a retail establishment and a buying office. Charles Lewis Tiffany bought out the other partners in 1853, following which the New York firm was known as Tiffany & Co. I am not sure how long the Paris branch retained its original name.
Tiffany, Reed & Co. never made any silver itself, but did retail silver made by others. (At this same time, Tiffany & Co. in New York was retailing silver by others; the company did not begin to make its own silver until 1868-1869).
The Roman silver treasure discovered in Hildesheim in 1868 was copied by Christofle, who began to offer silver-plated (and solid silver?) reproductions of hollowware as early as 1871. See the book Der Hildesheimer Silberfund: Original und Nachbildung, vom Römerschatz zum Bürgerstolz, eds. Manfred Boetzkes and Helga Stein (Gerstenberg, Hildesheim, 1997), pp. 88, 94-97. If your friend's piece is marked Tiffany, Reed and Co., this mark represents a retailer's stamp, and the piece was made by someone else, possibly Christofle. Does the piece have other marks, and is it solid or plated?

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eyeball4

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iconnumber posted 10-15-2004 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eyeball4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you so very much--my friend is away and won't be back for a few weeks--so I can't answer your questions fully but will once I've seen the piece again. Having seen it once I recall it was extremely heavy rather like pewter or bronze or silver on copper--hard to believe a piece that heavy would be solid silver. As I recall there was no signature. Did Christofle sign all his pieces?

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 10-17-2004 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know whether Christofle signed all its pieces. Will attempt to find out.

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 11-01-2004 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to Anne Gros, Director of the Bouilhet-Christofle Museum in St. Denis, France, Christofle began to make silver-plated reproductions of the Hildesheim treasures as early as 1869. They were usually marked "Christofle & Cie" and "Trésor d'Hildesheim - Fac-similé galvanique." According to David Allan, a Paris silver dealer, others--including the Louvre Museum--also marketed Hildesheim reproductions, and these carry various marks.

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