22 May 2009
AN AMERICAN SILVER NUT SERVICE IN ORIGINAL FITTED CASE
THE SPOON MARK OF GEORGE B. SHARP, PHILADELPHIA, CIRCA 1865; RETAILED BY TIFFANY & CO.
Comprising a hooded silver-gilt spoon with pierced bowl, applied with a squirrel holding an acorn, the beaded stem with squirrel finial, and twelve silver nut picks each with squirrel finial, marked on reverse of bowl, each pick marked patent only, in original fitted case stamped Tiffany & Co. 550 and 552 Broadway N. Y.
The spoon 10½ in. (26.8 cm.) long; 13 oz. (417 gr.) (13)
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A similar example, by George Sharp and retailed by Tiffany is illustrated in William P. Hood, Jr., Tiffany Silver Flatware 1845-1905 When Dining was an Art, 1999, p. 30, fig. 26.
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