Overall: 7 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 in. ( 18.4 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm )
engraved: on the underside of the handle: "Adelaide 1887" in script stamped: on the underside of the handle: "M TIFFANY & CO STERLING PAT 1888"
silver tablespoon with a downturned handle with a hammered surface and chased foliate decoration on the front and a waved border and the inscription, "Adelaide 1887" engraved on the underside of the handle; elliptical bowl; makers' marks stamped on the underside of the handle.
This spoon belonged to the donor and bears her name in the engraving. This spoon is done in the "Lap Over Edge" style designed by Charles T. Grosjean with a possible variation of the "Vine" pattern, porbably designed by Edward C. Moore. The "Lap Over Edge" style - patented on April 13, 1880 - is generally regarded as the most innovative pattern designed for Tiffany. A "standard issue" piece consisted of a machine-made sterling blank with handle edges turned towards the back (occasionally to the front). Ther terminal shape was varied and the decoration was imparted by hand, most commonly by etching and/or chasing. On each piece within a given set, the decoration differed. (See Wiliam Hood "Tiffany silver flatware, 1845-1905" p.219) The "Vine" pattern was introduced in 1872.
Gift of Adelaide Milton de Groot
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