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Tiffany & Co. Two Handle 1902 Sterling Silver Sauce Bowl

Tiffany & Co. Two Handle 1902 Sterling Silver Sauce Bowl
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This weighty, 5.3 T. oz., oval bowl impresses with its 3 7/8" high, upswept pair of arms attached to a 4 3/4" by 3 3/4" oval body that sits on a 2 3/4" by 2 1/4" footed base.

It was made by "Tiffany & Co.," so marked on the underside, along with "Sterling Silver," "925/1000," "C" (for director Charles T. Cook, 1902-07), and model number "15298" introduced in 1902, and order number "5156."

It is subtly Art Nouveau in style, with an undulating double upper rim, and curvilinear arms.

The lower portion of the body is paneled, but with rounded edges, again suggestive of the fluidity associated with Art Nouveau.

It might appear to be a sugar bowl, but two details are definitive that it is a sauce boat.

First, and most telling, is that the underside is stamped "1 gill," which is a liquid measure equivalent to a cup in American usage, and a bit more in British convention. Secondly, each of the long walls is notched, intended to accommodate a small ladle or spoon.

Never monogrammed or inscribed, it remains in choice condition. It is completely free of dents, bends, or nicks, and sits evenly. The finish is warm and soft, showing only a few dulled specks in the interior base where tarnish spots were (hand) polished away.

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