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Dessert spoon

Object Number: 
1982.61
Date: 
ca. 1880
Medium: 
Silver, inlaid mixed metals
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 7/8 in. ( 18.4 x 4.1 x 2.2 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on the underside of the handle: "M TIFFANY & CO STERLING 356"
Description: 
Silver dessert spoon with inlaid mixed metals in the Japanese style (Lap Over Edge pattern); downturned hammered handle with inlaid branch and flower design; egg-shaped bowl; maker's mark stamped on the underside of the handle.
Gallery Label: 
This is a rare handmade example of Tiffany's "Lap Over Edge" pattern, using inlaid rather than applied decoration. The spoon was probably originally paired with a fork as part of a dessert set. For a similar set, see William P. Hood, Jr., "Tiffany Silver Flatware, 1845-1905" (1999), fig. 342.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Robert G. Goelet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group