Original, Old, Tiffany "Japanese" Sterling Silver Jelly Spoon
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An early example of Tiffany's "Japanese," to be distinguished from the later reissue "Audubon," this piece is marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "M," and "Pat. 1791."
It is a 7" long, substantial weight at 1.5 T. oz., (sweet) jelly spoon. Smaller than a berry or preserve spoon, and larger than a sugar, this seems to be a scarce form in this line. It has a scalloped edge bowl, with slight ribbing on the sidewalls. It retains a portion of its original gold wash.
The image on the front is an image of a bird set amid cattail and long-stemmed flowers and grasses. The backside shows more grasses and something akin to locust branches and leaves, and has a flowing script "LBF" monogram. There is a stylized petal detail on the reverse heel of the bowl.
The handle is upraised, has a satin finish on both sides, and protruding knobs on the sides, all of which are distinguishing features between "Japanese" and "Audubon."
It is in exceptionally fine condition. The pattern elements retain all their original fine line detailing, including the feathers and facial features of the bird. The finish is warm and has a soft patina. The bowl is free of dents, nicks, or burrs.