Tiffany Studios, Pine Needle Postage Scale Green Patina - For Sale
Tiffany Studios, Pine Needle Postage Scale Green Patina
For sale is one of the Rarest of the desk set items to be found and it is made by Tiffany Studios of New York. The Item is a "Postage Scale" and it is done in the "Pine Needle" desk set pattern. The patina on the metal is the most desirable Green/Brown. The stained glass is the green/white opalescent Favrile glass. The Postage Scale stands 3 3/8" tall, 1 3/4" wide and 2 7/8" deep. The round platform on the top is 1 7/8" in diameter.
This Postage Scale displays an Acid Etched Pine Needle Overlay Pattern on Green/White Opalescent Glass surrounding three sides of the Scale. The left, right and back. The Top round disk that held the letter even has this acid etched pattern as well as the top plate of the scale underneath that. The Front has a Postage Scale label with its weight measures and rates in the front. It is marked Crescent Postal Scale and has a date of January 31st 1899 in the lower right hand corner. There is some earlier dates to the left but this is the latest one. The mechanism was made by Crescent but the Acid Etched Metal Pattern and Glass along with the Patina was done by Tiffany Studios. This is one the hardest items to find in the Pine Needle desk set items along with the Magnifying Glass I just listed. This also happens to be one the most desirable and Rarest of the Tiffany Pine Needle Desk set pieces to acquire. The Patina is very good but does show signs of wear!
The Postage Scale is considered to be in very good condition as there are no cracks, nicks, or chips to any of the Glass. The only issues is a few dings in the metal. I can see one one on the back and lower front platform. The round letter disk holder is slightly bent and the underside bottom has a few dings. I'm quite sure this was from dropping it. It is amazing that none of the glass ever broke. This is all considered minor and does not take away from the piece. The Postage Scale is signed on the bottom underside with the "Tiffany Studios New York" impressed mark. There is No Pattern number impressed into the metal.
This is a an extremely nice Postage Scale in very good condition. When these are found there is usually some kind of damage to the glass. Since there is glass all around the body of the scale and when these were dropped it was common for the glass inside to develop a stress crack. I am very happy to report that this one has No Cracked Glass!! I believe the Pine Needle Pattern to have been the first of the Fancy Goods Product lines made at Tiffany Studios. Those of you who are looking for an excellent example of the Postage Scale in the Pine Needle Pattern will be delighted with their purchase.
Tiffany Studios assigned a pattern number to their desk set pieces after 1902. Up until then they were only Signed "Tiffany Studios" or "Tiffany Studios New York" like this one. This piece was made early in the fancy goods line. It was made, circa 1899-1902.
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