Tiffany "Tiffany" aka "Beekman" Early Sterling Silver Salad Fork
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Tiffany's earliest pattern issued after the company became its own manufacturer was also the firm's namesake line, i.e. "Tiffany." It was later reissued with very slight design modifications under the name "Beekman," and is more generally recognized as that today.
This example is an early production piece, marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1869," and with a lower case "m."
It is a 6 5/8" long salad fork, and, as became a benchmark with Tiffany silver, is heavy, weighing nearly 1.7 T. oz.
It has three relatively wide tines with a pseudo crossbar which is part of a design element that defines two circles. The heel is lengthy and cupped, while it and the tines are finished with a gold wash, front and back sides.
There is an Old English "S" monogram.
The condition is excellent. Polishing wear is nil and the finish is lustrous. The tines are even and straight, and free of nicks, burrs, or bends.