Sharp for Tiffany "Ball End" Sterling Silver Long Salad Serving Set
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Marked with both Philadelphia's George Sharp's "double lion and S" and "Patent" marks as well as "Tiffany & Co.," this salad serving fork and spoon have a double provenance that bespeaks the finest of mid 19th century silver manufacturing and retailing. Curiously, they are not stamped "Sterling," which standard Tiffany typically required in the 1860's from which they date, so they are possibly coin silver rather than sterling.
They are exceptionally large items, with the fork measuring 10 3/4" long and weighing 4.1 T. oz., and the spoon 11 3/4" long and weighing 4.6 T. oz.
The design is "Ball End," for which Sharp is known. They have hexagonal stem handles bordered on top and bottom by a beaded grommet like detail. The fork has scalloped and hooked shoulders and slightly splayed outer tines. The bowl on the spoon is particularly large at 4" long and 2 3/4" at the widest.
Each piece has a softened from polishing Old English "M.I.L." monogram on the ball.
The pair are in very good condition. There is overall light surface wear consistent with age, and one pinprick dimple on an otherwise well-shaped and dent and burr free spoon bowl.