Tiffany "Lap-Over-Edge" Engraved Birds Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
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One of the most imaginative of Tiffany's full line designs, and fully Aesthetic in sensibility, "Lap-Over-Edge" was offered in plain, acid etched, and applied variants. The non-plain pieces incorporated an extensive array of motifs, including insects, animals, and sea life.
This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has an acid etched surface that portrays two birds and a portion of a third, all sitting on branches. The backside has the rippled border that gives the pattern its name, and is inscribed with an "MM" monogram.
The bowl is a style singular to Tiffany. It has a rippled margin that resembles a stylized shell, and is finished in a gold wash.
It is in good condition, but shows some overall polishing softening of detail, largely on the lined elements of the birds and branches. Free of dents, burrs, or cracks, the bowl has one shallow flattened spot in the base where it rests, shows some loss of the gold wash, and has light surface scratches.
Marks are "Tiffany & Co.," "Pat. 1880," "Sterling," and an "M," this letter dating its production to no later than 1891.