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Hebbard for Tiffany "Mask" Sterling Silver Place aka Dessert Spoon x 2

Hebbard for Tiffany "Mask" Sterling Silver Place aka Dessert Spoon x 2
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$46.00 Price per piece, two available.

Developed by New York City's Henry Hebbard, "Mask" eventually became a standard line offered by Whiting.

It was also a pattern favored by Tiffany & Co. before Tiffany produced its own designs, and that is the situation with this 7 1/8" long, weighty at just under 1.5 T. oz., place aka oval soup aka dessert spoon.

It is marked "H.H." for Henry Hebbard, "Patent 1859," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling," which standard Tiffany promoted earlier than other retailers or manufacturers. Coin silver would be expected for flatware made in the 1850s.

The early age of this is doubly validated by the date "1859" inscribed on the handle reverse. The front is engraved with an "AGW" monogram in fancy feathered script lettering.

A period design with gadroon and leaf detailing similar to "Armor" by Hebbard's sometimes partner John Polhamus, and another kindred pattern by contemporaneous John Wendt, Hebbard's "Mask," apropos of the name and quite imaginatively, incorporates a design element in the central portion of the handle that is an optical illusion that transforms from a leaf cluster into a satyr-like face.

The reverse heel of the bowl features a prominent acanthus leaf detail with a rattail finish.

In excellent condition, this retains clear pattern detail and has a warm, even, patina, showing only light overall scratches consistent with age. The bowl remains well-shaped, and is free of tip wear, dents, or bends.

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