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lcsandiego

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iconnumber posted 01-14-2005 04:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lcsandiego     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi! This is my first time here, and I've been fascinated by all the wonderful information provided by the members.

I have a tiny silver Tiffany serving item that I am wondering about. I inherited this a few months ago but have no history.

The stamp on the bottom reads:

    Tiffany & Co.
    Makers
    Sterling
    23764
    L
It has a lid and tiny tongs. It looks like it could hold capers or something equally small.

Any insight is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Lynn

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 01-19-2005 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lynn:

The L date letter indicates your piece was made 1955-c.1965.

Without a photo or at least dimensions, it is virtually impossible to identify your piece accurately. Please post dimensions and a photo.

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 12-19-2005 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In an e-mail to me, a reader suggests that this lidded container and its accompanying tiny spoon might have been intended for dispensing saccharin, a popular sugar substitute (in the form of tiny pills) in the fifties-sixties. I am unfamiliar that Tiffany (or any other silver maker, for that matter) made an an item designated for this purpose, but that doesn't mean it was not made. Can anyone comment?

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 12-19-2005 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are such things offered for sale in the antique and collectible market. It is not clear if this was the original purpose or something dreamed up later. The idea seems to state that people who could not use sugar carried a substitute around with them, to restaurants and friend's homes. Not a clue if this is plausible.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 12-19-2005 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tiffany produced these in large quantities from I believe the early 1960s to 1970s and they were indeed for saccharin. Other makers produced them as well.

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 12-19-2005 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Richard:

Can you cite a Tiffany catalogue or other documentation re their production/sale of saccharin dispensers. I am not doubting your word, but am just curious as to what Tiffany might have had to say about these items.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 12-19-2005 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From a Gorham Sterling Hollowware Catalog and Price List dated March 1973:



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Polly

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iconnumber posted 12-19-2005 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a pair of these that belonged to my grandmother, who did indeed use them for saccharine.

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 12-19-2005 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Richard:

Thanks for your citation.

Bill

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Marc

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iconnumber posted 12-20-2005 03:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah yes.. the small quick disolving saccharine tablets.

I have had many of these containers [snip .... SM]. They are fun, funky and perfect for storing and picking up silver cookie sprinkles.

Marc

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