The design on this sterling mug is called the "Children's Parade" and was patented by Tiffany in the nineteenth century. It is by far their most ambitious piece for a child and the most successful. The workmanship by the silversmith is without equal. Children are depicted in different forms of dress playing with a variety of toys and musical instruments while marching around the cup. There is no duplication in the scene. There are three engraved, intertwined initials which appear to be TFM. This is a piece of top quality and very heavy. The height of the mug is 3.5 inches and the diameter of the opening is 2.75 inches. It weighs 7.8 ounces on a postal scale, almost one-half pound. The sterling mark is on the bottom along with the Tiffany marks which allow us to date the piece to the period 1873-1891. There are no dents or other flaws to be seen.