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4 pc SET Tiffany & Co VINE Wild Rose Sterling Silver 2 Dish 2 Spoons

4 pc SET Tiffany & Co VINE Wild Rose Sterling Silver 2 Dish 2 Spoons
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ABOUT: Four piece set in the Vine pattern by Tiffany & Co. in the Wild Rose motif! Victorian antique solid Sterling Silver pieces - two small plates / trays or condiment dishes paired with two Tiffany demitasse spoons. These small plates are about 3 1/4" in diameter, so not the tiny salt dip / butter pats. Lovely design on them depicting wild roses leaves and stems above a textured background with a goldwash sterling interior contrasting with the sterling plate rim. This Vine pattern began production in 1872 and the designs are attributed to Edward Moore who was a designer and then director for Tiffany and Co. from 1868-1891. Tiffany's Vine line is a mulit-motif pattern in the Aesthetic movement with Japanese design influences. This pattern became obsolete in 1934 when all the dies were destroyed. Since it has long been discontinued and is made by one of our country's best makers, the set will likely only go up in value. The two dishes have a small 3-initial monogram ornately engraved in the center of each. The spoons have a period-appropriate Art Nouveau initial monogram on the back, not visible when the table is set. MEASUREMENTS: Set weighs a combined 78 grams. The spoons measure about 4 1/8" in length and the trays are 3 1/4" in diameter each. CONDITION NOTES: This set is in estate condition considering they are over 125 years old, with the dishes having the more noticeable wear. They have some surface wear, scuffs and scratches to the goldwashed base of the trays. One has a scuff and shallow pin ding indentation, the other has an area with deeper scratches, in addition to the all over scratches from use on that goldwash area. A few flea bite nicks to the edges of the rim and a small curve to one rim. Along with some additional scratches to the undersides where it meets the table. For the most part they have held their shape pretty well without a lot of bending and still look beautiful on the table. They have a sturdy hand feel. HALLMARKS: Correct hallmarks on the back of each with the standard Tiffany & Co. maker's mark for that time: "Tiffany & Co. 7729M254 Sterling" on the dishes and "Tiffany & Co. Sterling M" on the spoons. The mark indicates the pieces dates from 1884-1891. The M indicates it was made under the directorship of Edward Moore which ended in 1891, and the 7729 in the mark is the pattern number which began production in 1884.

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