Tiffany "Antique Engraved" Sterling Preserve Spoon
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Tiffany produced various engraved designs overlaid on an "Antique" pattern ground. This iteration, aka "Custom Engraved," essentially stands alone as a distinct pattern.
It is deeply and intricately chased, and as Carpenter notes in his volume "Tiffany Silver," "exceedingly heavy." He also confirms that it is "deeply engraved" and dates it from the 1890s. That dating may explain some of the Aesthetic qualities of the design, namely the fern-like elements that form the margins around the stylized floral rosettes.
This example is a 7 1/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., preserve spoon with a shell bowl. It has a plain backside save for a Victorian period "MCA" monogram.
It is in mint estate condition, essentially showing no wear. The bowl remains well-formed and is free of dents, nicks, or burrs. The monogram remains crisp and the finish is lustrous.
Marks are "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and "M." This last mark dates it no later than 1891, suggesting that its dating could go back into the 1880s.