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    A Two Hundred-Thirty-Piece Tiffany & Co. Lap-Over-Edge Pattern Silver Flatware Service for Eleven, designed 1880
    Marks: M, TIFFANY & CO, STERLING, PAT. 1880, (various)
    10-1/2 inches (26.7 cm) (longest, pastry server)
    246.64 troy ounces (weighable)

    Property from the Collection of John and Maggie Olson

    The Lap-Over-Edge pattern service, each piece with varying flora and fauna motifs, and varying monograms throughout, comprising:
    11 Table Knives;
    6 Breakfast/Luncheon Knives (1 with monogram and scalloped handle);
    12 Individual Fish Knives;
    14 Dessert Knives (2 with monograms);
    10 Table Forks (3 with monograms);
    15 Breakfast/Luncheon Forks (five with monograms);
    1 Two-Notched Luncheon Fork;
    1 Youth Table Fork;
    7 Youth Breakfast/Luncheon Forks (6 with monograms);
    6 Pastry Forks with gilt-washed tines (each with monogram);
    12 Fish Eating Forks (each with monogram);
    1 Lobed-Bowl Fish Eating Fork (with monogram);
    12 Game Forks;
    12 Terrapin Forks with decorated and gilt-washed bowls (each with monogram);
    8 Strawberry Forks, 4 with gilt tines (each with monogram);
    6 Tablespoons (5 with monograms);
    14 Dessert Spoons (each with monogram);
    35 Teaspoons (25 with monogram);
    12 Coffee Spoons (each with monogram);
    11 Ice Cream Spoons with gilt-washed bowls (each with monogram);
    8 Sorbet Spoons with gilt-washed bowls (each with monogram);
    3 Chocolate Spoons;
    2 Grapefruit Spoons with gilt-washed bowls;
    1 Egg Spoon with gilt-washed bowl;
    1 Poached Egg Server;
    1 Berry Scoop with gilt-washed bowl;
    1 Sugar Sifter with gilt-washed bowl and applied gilt decoration on a hammered body, marked 1083 (with monogram);
    1 Cream Ladle;
    1 Two-Piece Salad Serving Set with gilt-washed bowls;
    1 Leaf-Form Pastry Server;
    1 Pair of Sugar Tongs with shell grips on a hammered body, marked 1050 (with monogram);
    1 Lobster Pick (with monogram);
    1 Letter Opener.
    230 Total

    Lap-Over-Edge or Lap-Edge, designed by Charles T. Grosjean, is one of Tiffany & Company's most fanciful and complex multi-motif patterns. The handles, which vary in form, unify the service with edges that are turned towards the back (and occasionally to the front) giving the pattern its name.

    The decoration, done by hand, includes etching, engraving, chasing, and occasionally applied or inlaid ornament. On each piece in a given set, the decoration differs so that the motifs on the knives differ from forks, and so on. Many of the motifs continue from front to back, where some are roughly hand-engraved with the motif name. Then, upon close inspection, one will also see that those of the same motif are not identically executed, but that the hand of the craftsman is evident to each piece.

    William P. Hood, Jr. notes in "Tiffany Silver Flatware 1845-1905: When Dining Was an Art" that this complexity served a purpose. From design to production, Lap-Edge was labor intensive and resulted in extreme cost, reflecting the affluence and taste of its owner.

    List of motifs found on each form:
    -Table Knives
    Shrimp, Fish & Seaweed, Sea-Horse, Turtles, Octopus, Birds & Snow, Plum Blossoms, Mushrooms
    -Breakfast/Luncheon Knives
    Fish, Chickens, Wheat, Oak
    -Individual Fish Knives
    Skate-Fish, Ducks, Eel, Octopus, Crabs, Shrimp, Storks, Frogs, Turtles, Balloon-Fish, Black-Necked Stilt, Stickleback
    -Dessert Knives
    Plums, Cranberries, Grapes, Figs, Oranges, Pears, Apples, Pomegranates, Quinces, Wild Rose, Maple Leaves & Rain
    -Table Forks
    Grasshopper & Flowers, Maples Leaves & Water, Dandelion, Maple Leaves, Spruce, Columbine, Katydid
    -Breakfast/Luncheon Forks
    Butterfly, Clover, Bamboo, Owl & Pine, Morning Glories, Dragonflies, Lilies, Wild Rose, Mushrooms, Birds & Grass, Poppies, Dogwood Berries, Forget-Me-Nots
    -Two-Notched Luncheon Fork
    -Youth Table Fork
    Grasshopper & Flowers
    -Youth Breakfast/Luncheon Forks
    Huckleberries, Service Berries, Wild Cherries, Currants, Cranberries, Plums, Thistle
    -Pastry Forks
    Skate-Fish, Shrimp, Shells, Turbot, Turtles, Barnacles
    -Fish Eating Forks
    Clover, Forget-Me-Not, Cat Tails, Lilies, Morning Glories, Wasp, Poppies, Mushroom, Currants
    -Lobed-Bowl Fish Eating Fork
    Crab, spuriously marked as Spider
    -Game Forks
    Thistle, Plums, Newts, Grasses, Daisy, Forget-Me-Not, Orchids, Pine, Apples
    -Terrapin Forks
    Seahorse, Spiders, Swallows, Vetch, Fish, Honeysuckles, Ragged Sailor, Bleeding Heart, Ivy, Fly Catcher, Thistle
    -Strawberry Forks
    Dragonflies, Bird, Trout, Plum Blossom, Butterflies, Sedge, Bamboo, Leaves & Water
    Birds & Grass, Petunias, Pine, Butterflies, Sea-Horse
    -Dessert Spoons
    Strawberries, Blackberries, Melons, Grapes, Pomegranates
    Ivy, Thistle, Lily of the Valley, Butterflies, Fish, Ragged Sailor, Forget-Me-Not, Daisies, Blue Bell, Closed Gentian, Humming Bird, Sensitive Plant, Honeysuckle, Spider, Marigold, Primrose, Geranium, Arbutus, Larkspur, Anemone, Fly Catcher, Jasmine, Jasmine, Dandelion, Vetch, Tea Plant
    -Coffee Spoons
    Grass, Chrysanthemum, Butterflies, Birds, Morning Glories, Kingfisher, Lilies of the Valley, Plum Blossom, Trout, Leaves & Water, Lobster, Net & Crab
    -Ice Cream Spoons with gilt-washed bowls
    Butterflies, Maple Leaves & Rain, Clover, Lilies-of-the-Valley, Birds, Daisies, Geranium, Sensitive Plant, Fish, Hawthorne
    -Sorbet Spoons with gilt-washed bowls
    Fish, Butterflies, Mushrooms, Birds, Grass, Spider, Morning Glories, Forget-Me-Not, Lobster
    -Chocolate Spoons
    Butterflies, Spider & Web, Birds
    -Grapefruit Spoons
    Butterflies, Fish
    -Egg Spoon
    Morning Glories
    -Poached Egg Server
    Sea Horse
    -Berry Scoop
    -Sugar Sifter
    -Cream Ladle
    -Two-Piece Salad Serving Set
    Sea Horse, Butterflies
    -Leaf-Form Pastry Server
    Wild Cherries
    -Pair of Sugar Tongs
    -Lobster Pick
    Sea Anemones
    -Letter Opener

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    May, 2021
    20th Thursday
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