6 Matched Tiffany "Tiffany" Sterling Silver Forks
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The first design produced in-house and Tiffany's namesake pattern, "Tiffany" was patented in 1869. It proved popular, remaining in active production until at least 1917 according to William Hood in "Tiffany Silver Flatware." He also notes that it was reintroduced in 1956 with a slight design change under the name "Beekman." Hood additionally references there was a modification dating no later than 1880, wherein the pointed antefix (tip end) of the handle was made more rounded and the design more deeply cut.
These six, matching place or dessert forks are the rounded tip version, but still early. They are marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1860," and "M," with this last mark used 1875-91.
Each one measures 7" long and has a script "MEE" monogram on the front. The group together weigh a substantial 8.8 T. oz.
They are in very fine condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and free of polishing wear. The finishes are lustrous, with a natural patina. The tines are even and straight, but show some incipient tip wear.