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Tiffany Sterling Scent

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Tiffany Sterling Scent

Scent bottle
Sterling silver
Edward C. Moore
Tiffany & Co 4910 Sterling 1531 M 731 on base
New York
Date or Era: 
ca. 1880
3-1/4 in. long
Special Features: 
Applied objects include a dragonfly and butterfly.
Additional Information: 
This design form is referred to as Japanesque, indicative of the Japanese influence on the arts after Commodore Perry's opening in the early 1850's. The elements that define this are (1) gourd shape, (2) matted finish to the sterling with a visible hammered look and (3) the applications of decorations on the exterior of sterling but also other metals such as copper, brass, or gold. Larger examples of this type holloware are often marked Sterling Silver & Other Metals. These are referred to as mixed metal objects and are currently the most desired of American silver makers, commanding the highest prices. Gorham and others made beautiful mixed metal objects.