Polhamus for Tiffany "Ionic" Sterling Dessert Spoon
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Originally a retailer only and not a manufacturer, Tiffany relied upon a limited number of manufacturers to provide its store with silver flatware.
One of the favored suppliers was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the producer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.
The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the then dominant coin, standard.
"Ionic" is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle; it incorporates gadrooning and stylized acanthus leaf elements.
There is an Old English "McF" monogram set sideways on the handle.
The condition is outstanding. The detail remains well-defined and sharp, showing no visible polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, dings, burrs, or tip wear. The finish is lustrous.