Absolutely exquisite & RARE antique Tiffany & Company 3pc coffee or tea set, 1854 marks with figural mascarons, eagle spout, ornate floral pattern in deep bas relief and all in fabulous condition! I haven't done too much research on the set yet but, with a quick search, did find a single water pitcher in the same pattern online priced at $7995 by itself. A matching three piece set here with larger 50oz coffee or tea pot, covered sugar bowl or caddy and cream jug. Superb in every respect, the detail and figural representations are both magnificent and breathtaking. The hallmarks on the bottom of each of the three pieces is very early Tiffany & Company, actually Tiffany, Young & Ellis and, I believe, they are in coin silver rather than full sterling. The difference between coin and sterling a mere .25%, early American coin having a silver content of .900 or 90% and the standard for "sterling" being .925 or 92.5% pure silver. Tiffany, Young & Ellis was only in business from 1848-1852 when Young and Ellis retired, Charles Tiffany went on to open Tiffany and Company.
Few companies in American history bear the distinction of being synonymous with elegance, style and refinement. Tiffany & Co. is one of those companies whose very name conjures up images of opulence, wealth and good taste. And, while their mark on the history of decorative arts is monumental, their beginning was much more humble.
On September 18, 1837, Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902) and his partner John B. Young began the business Tiffany & Young. The narrow storefront of this fancy goods shop at 259 Broadway specialized in an assortment of imports including bronze statuettes, Japanese lacquer ware, writing implements and stationary. Its first-day's sales totaled only $4.98 and seemed to presage the worst for this fledgling business. Little did these young entrepreneurs realize the indelible mark their company would leave on the history of American craftsmanship.
By 1841, Tiffany & Young had established itself as a successful business and the pair took on a third partner, J.L. Ellis. From 1847 to 1851, Tiffany, Young & Ellis became recognized for the silver works it retailed from a number of New York's prestigious silversmiths, including the famed John C. Moore. The great increase in demand for both presentation and household silver led Tiffany and his partners to open their own silversmithing shop. In 1851, John C. Moore began to create exclusively for the company.
Within a matter of a few years, Tiffany was recognized as the leader of American silver. Soon after this new partnership, Moore retired from the business and turned over control to his son, Edward C. Moore (1827-1891), a decision Tiffany, Young and Ellis emphatically approved. By the time Edward joined forces with Tiffany, he was established as a seasoned silversmith, with over a decade of experience working in partnership with his father. This proved to be the beginning of an association that was to last 40 years during which Moore was the guiding genius of Tiffany's silver business.
Charles Lewis Tiffany gained complete control of the firm when Young and Ellis decided to retire in 1853, officially changing the name of the company to Tiffany & Co. By this time, Tiffany had already achieved worldwide acclaim for its extraordinary silver design.
A museum quality set here and priced to move quickly so don't miss them! We also have a bunch more photographs with further detail available but will have to provide those via email since we are only allowed nine images here on RL. Email and we'll send, thanks!
Very good condition. No large dents, damage or repairs to note. All pieces are nearly pristine, possibly a tiny dimple or two but, as you can see, gorgeous! All hallmarks are legible and clear except those on the bottom of the sugar, they appear somewhat worn or rubbed down for some reason. There are a few darkened tarnish spots here and there. The three pieces have a total weight of 62.6 troy ounces or 1950 grams. See pictures or individual weights and measurements.
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