Tiffany & Co. by John Polhamus Sterling Silver 85-Piece Flatware Set in Oriental Pattern
Tiffany & Co. by John Polhamus sterling silver, 85-piece flatware set from the 1850s in Oriental pattern with a beautiful, flowing, arabesque design consisting of:
- 18 dinner forks
- 16 lunch forks
- 1 breakfast knife
- 18 tablespoons
- 8 bouillon spoons
- 8 dessert spoons
- 11 teaspoons
- 2 demitasse spoons
- 1 dessert slice
- a pair of salt spoons
Each piece bears hallmarks and monograms as shown. Total weight is 137 troy ounces.
John Polhamus was a prominent New York silversmith who specialized in flatware. He was one of Tiffany & Co.'s principal suppliers before Tiffany made their own silver. The legendary Tiffany brand was founded in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young in Connecticut as a "stationery and fancy goods emporium," with the help of Charles Tiffany's father who financed the store for only $1,000 with profits from a cotton mill. Tiffany & Co. soon became a highly regarded brand for jewelry, gemstones, and silver. In 1845, Tiffany was a pioneer when it launched the Blue Book, which at the time was the first mail-order catalog to be distributed in the US. In 1878, Tiffany won the gold medal for jewelry and a grand prize for silverware at the Paris World Fair Exposition. The luxury brand’s enduring legacy remains vibrant to this day.
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