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iconnumber posted 11-27-2004 06:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Just bought a sweet Tiffany demitasse spoon with a pierced and engraved dragonfly and floral design (Aesthetic?), the stem has three engraved lines ending with a three lobed leaf at the bowl, it also has a nicely engraved small lion on the back. Hoping to get some input on it, dating, etc. Appears to have started out as standard Antique (King William?) pattern. Have very little experience with Tiffany marks and can't seem to quite make out if it's one of the Moore "M"s or what. Has anyone seen another similar piece?


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iconnumber posted 11-27-2004 07:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tiffany did make some pieces like this in the 1870s and possibly 1880's, using ANTIQUE pattern blanks and decorating them with piercing and engraving. They are quite scarce and desirable. Dr. Hood's book illustrates a few.

I'm a little suspicious of the engraving on your spoon. It just doesn't look good enough for Tiffany, though quality can vary somewhat, especially on smaller pieces like yours. On the other hand, the engraved crest certainly seems authentic, and the marks look right.

I hope this helps!


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iconnumber posted 11-27-2004 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As Brent has indicated, Tiffany made a number of flatware pieces similar to yours. The book Tiffany Silver Flatware, 1845-1905: When Dining Was an Art (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 2000; reprinted 2003) illustrates several of these (Figs. 404-407, pp. 272-273). In the Japanese taste, they were made from Antique pattern blanks by hand-piercing and engraving. I agree with Brent that the engraving on your spoon is relatively unsophisticated for a Tiffany piece, but all other signs appear genuine. The date letter "M" indicates it was made no later than 1891. The inclusion of a crest adds to the desirability of your spoon.

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iconnumber posted 11-28-2004 05:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Brent and Dr.Hood! My feeling was that it was from the 1800s, but the engraving also bothered me a bit and wondered if it were a more modern piece. The tiny lion crest is very nicely engraved and of the quality expected and the overall effect of the spoon is lovely, but the engraving seems a bit simplistic. Very pleased with the spoon and happy to have it in my collection!

Cheryl ;o)

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iconnumber posted 04-21-2005 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

This spoon is one of a dozen demitasse spoons, in their original case from ca. 1880, apparently retailed through Tiffany's London store. All of the spoons are different (the image in our database is dead and I haven't figured out how to get hold of it to post); this one is pierced and engraved as is the other one in this thread. I have seen Tiffany serving pieces that are pierced and engraved (wedding gifts in 1877).

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