Charles Clinton Stieff and partners formed the Florence Silver Company in 1892. By 1895 the name had changed to the Baltimore Sterling Silver Company and in June 1904 thru the buyout of partners the name became the Stieff Company. The company ceased in exist in 1979.
These lovely Stieff sandwich/pastry serving tongs, circa 1930, is the Old Maryland - Plain pattern with the bowl tips. They measure 7 1/4" in length and weigh 4.680 ounces, They are initialed "IML" on one handle and stamped "Sterling - Stieff - Reg" on the inside of each handle. The tongs are in excellent condition with no damages or repairs. Lovely.
The REG mark stands for registered (at the US Patent Office). In the late 1920’s several other companies were offering silver that looked a lot like the Stieff Rose pattern. To put a halt to it, Stieff registered the pattern with the patent office. The REG appears on silver flatware made in the late 1920’s and into the later 1930s. Other patterns in the Stieff line that were introduced after 1929 received the words PAT. for Patented on the handles next to the hallmark.
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