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 1/8" 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 pattern and metal 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. This happens to be one the most desirable and rarest of the Tiffany Pine Needle desk set pieces to acquire without glass damage.
The Postage Scale is considered to be in very good condition to excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, or chips to any of the glass. The only issues is a ding in the back left hand corner of the metal. The patina is very good but does show signs of wear! 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 along with the pattern number "872".
Tiffany Studios assigned a 3 digit pattern number to their desk set pieces after 1902. Up until then they were only signed "Tiffany Studios" or "Tiffany Studios New York". Since this one has a 3 digit number it was made after 1902. This piece was part of Tiffany Studios Fancy Goods line. This Postage scale was made circa 1903-1910.