Here is a wonderful antique snuff box from the world-renowned Tiffany & Company. This is a significant piece because of when it was manufactured and by whom. It was made during a pivotal time in Tiffany & Company's history when the "star" silversmith was transitioning his work to his son.
In 1851, Tiffany was the first firm to incorporate the English .925 standard of silver on their pieces to distinguish themselves as a superior firm.
In 1853, Tiffany and Co., originally Tiffany, Young, and Ellis, assumed control of the operation. They worked closely with J.C. Moore, exclusively, due to his being one of the finest silversmiths of the time.
J.C. Moore's son, Edward Moore, worked along side his father and eventually completely succeeded him when J.C. Moore died in 1891.
There are several marks on the lip of the lid; the right side reads "Tiffany & Co" and "Makers". The opposite side bears the pattern number "8832M" and the order number "6219".
The pattern number corresponds to Tiffany silver items manufactured between 1886 and 1887.
The "M" mark indicates the directorship of the Tiffany operations by year. This mark is correct for the son, Edward Moore, who was at the helm between 1873 and 1891, the year of his father's death.
As you can see, the hinged lid is stamped with a fabulously ornate and elegant pattern of swirling florals, languid shapes and a seashell at the top.
The interior of the box is gilt on top and bottom; this would have prevented too much patination caused by the snuff.
A personal monogram on the underside of the box reads "I.H" in large sans-serif letters.
The greatest wear is to the interior, where you can see many darkened spots and a dark patination.
The exterior of the box exhibits only a light patina and remains in excellent antique condition overall for being 125 years old.
We do not polish our vintage and antique items and leave that to the owner for their personal preference.
This would make an elegant gift or an excellent addition to your personal collection.
Given the history of this piece, it is truly a treasure and one to hold and pass on for generations.
Measurements: 2 ¼" long (side to side), 1 ¾" wide (front to back), 5/8" tall Weight: 36.0 grams (1.27 oz)