This listing is for an unusual Coin Silver pap boat by Tiffany Young & Ellis, c. 1847-1851. Although most 19th Century pap boats were plain and unadorned, this one has a heavily chased floral and foliage pattern and a fancy scroll handle. Silver is engraved with beautiful 2-letter monogram "B T" or "B C". Marked with early Tiffany mark "Tiffany Young & Ellis" and "J C M" for the famous John C. Moore who made silver for the company prior to becoming the exclusive designer for Tiffany in 1851.
Dimensions: 2 5/8" high (at handle), 6 1/4" wide (spout to handle) and 2 7/8" deep. Weighs 150 grams.
Condition: This beautiful silver pap boat is in exceptional Estate condition reflecting only minor signs of wear. There is an indention on the interior of the silver where the bottom of the handle is attached and a slight ding on the exterior just left and below the base of handle. No other flaws or repairs.
History: Charles Lewis Tiffany and partner John B. Young opened their shop on Broadway in New York City in 1837. By 1851, the partners had become established as a successful business and took on a third partner, J. L. Ellis. The three partners operated as Tiffany Young & Ellis from 1847-1851. Due to the demand for the silver items they retailed from a number of New York's most prestigious silversmiths including the famed John C. Moore, Tiffany and his partners opened their own silversmithing shop. In 1851, John C. Moore began to create exclusively for the company and within a very few years, Tiffany was recognized as the leader of American Silver. John C. Moore soon retired from the business and turned control over to his son, Edward C. Moore, a decision the three partners totally approved. Edward was a known silversmith with a decade of experience working in partnership with his father. He remained the guiding genius of Tiffany's silver business for 40 years. When Young and Ellis decided to retire in 1853, the name of the company was officially changed to Tiffany & Co. and the rest is history. Today, the name Tiffany is recognized as being among the best and most beautiful of all silver creations.
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