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mijohn65

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iconnumber posted 09-22-2004 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mijohn65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This came to me thru an estate of a friend who was told by his grandmother that this was a special Tiffany & Co Box that was commissioned by Henry Ford and that a pocket watch came in it and that only 10 of these were made.

They were given as a gift to various Friends of Ford.

If there is any truth to this I can not prove it. But I'm only repeating what was told to this family member who inherited it..The globe is quite exceptional and of great quality. It is marked on the inside edge (Germany Sterling 925 The letters EB and Tiffany & Co.) What Id like to know is there any way to do any research on this to find out if it is indeed a special commissioned piece and only 10 where made and about what year it was made and Is it really Tiffany & co..The Germany mark kinda confused me.

Did Tiffany & Co have other silver smiths in foreign countries make and design for them and then stamp the Tiffany name on them? The box is lined with a velvet material its kinda musty smelling and the bottom is weighted so that the globe can sit with out rolling around.

Thanks for any help or advice on this unusual piece.

John


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ozfred

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iconnumber posted 09-22-2004 11:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozfred     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might try Tiffany & Co Archives, the staff proved very helpful in attending to an inquiry of mine.

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 09-23-2004 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am unfamiliar with this piece and do not know the significance of the marks. The style of the "Tiffany & Co." stamp looks modern. In modern times, Tiffany has had silver items made abroad. E.g., its currently active Padova flatware pattern is made in Italy. For a hefty fee, the Tiffany archives in Parsippany, NJ may be able to provide you with specific information about your globe. Contact Louisa Bann, Manager Research Services: lbann@tiffany.com.

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swarter
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iconnumber posted 09-23-2004 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This would appear from the Latin inscriptions to have been inspired by the pocket globes that were popular in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The originals were small globes contained within spherical cases hinged to open and display a chart of the heavens on the inner surfaces when the globe itself was removed. It would not be considered a replica since the typical original globes themselves did not open, although I could not say that none were ever made that did so, nor were they made of silver but of wood and/or papier mache'.

Whether Tiffany imported one, 10, or 100, it is still an object to be treasured.

[This message has been edited by swarter (edited 09-23-2004).]

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mijohn65

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iconnumber posted 09-24-2004 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mijohn65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Thank you all for your time and information and thoughts on this item..It is greatly apprecieated!
John

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