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iconnumber posted 11-11-2005 09:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdhavey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's an interesting Tiffany server.
I've never seen this figural pattern of the females--almost like ship's bowsprits--in Tiffany before--if it is a pattern. It occurs to me it might just be a one-off novelty.

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Richard Kurtzman

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2005 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, This not a common piece but it is not a one of a kind piece. I have seen this pattern a number of times. What makes this example more unusual is that the bowl is pierced and looks to have a design. All the ones that I have seen are bob-bon spoons with plain bowls. What is the length? Also, look at page 285 in Tiffany Silver Flatware, by Hood, for an illustration.

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2005 11:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdhavey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not too sure of the length because it's not my spoon. I photographed it in a group shop. But I'd say around 6 or 7 inches. Richard, do you have similar examples?

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Ulysses Dietz

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iconnumber posted 11-14-2005 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Off the top of my head, it looks like one of the Renaissance designs that Paulding Farnham did in the early 20th century. He did large services in the Renaissance mode (and a line of flatware of the same name). Can't say I've ever seen one of these, but it makes perfect sense. What's the mark like?

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 11-16-2005 05:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with Richard's comments. This piece usually carries the pattern number of 664 and a "date letter" of a stylized "m" appearing like a capital B lying on its back. It dates to circa 1875 and predates the Paulding Farnham era.

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