Tiffany "Lap-Over-Edge" Acid Etched Sterling Place Fork
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Innovative and exceptionally imaginative, and born of the Aesthetic movement, Tiffany's "Lap-Over-Edge" is so diverse in its motifs as to appear to offer limitless portraiture in its acid etched versions.
This example, a 7 1/4", heavy at 2.0 T. oz., place aka regular, fork portrays what appear to be eggplants on the vine. The backside is monogrammed "JO'B."
There are two specifics about this that set it apart. William P. Hood in "Tiffany Silver Flatware" notes that there were four bowl form variations in this line, namely "plain, one notch, two notch, and three notch." These are illustrated in figure "345" in the book (page 232). This piece is a two notch version.
Hood also notes "Many designs on hollow knife handles were three-dimensional, extending around to the reverse. Even on flat-handled pieces, the designs extended around the turned edges in some cases." This piece illustrates that, as the design wraps around the sides.
It is in very good estate condition. The pattern remains well-defined, being free of the polishing wear this pattern can experience. The tines are even, straight, and pointed, but show very slight knife nicks. There is a minor flat spot on the backside of the heel where it rests. The finish is soft and even.
Marks are "C," dating it between 1902 when Charles T. Cook took directorship of the firm, and 1904 when the pattern became inactive, "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," and "Pat. 1880."