Polhamus for Tiffany "French Thread" Tea or Dessert Fork
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Dating from the 1860s and made by New York's John Polhamus, whose "J*P" mark appears on the backside, this 6 7/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., fork is also stamped "Tiffany & Co.," which retailed a good deal of Polhamus' silver before it instituted its own production in 1868. As Tiffany required, this is sterling (and so marked) when the predominant standard was still coin silver.
A place piece, it is a length that is commonly identified as for tea or dessert. The pattern is "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread."
It is in excellent condition. The tines remains even, pointed, and without bends, while the finish is lustrous. Pattern detail remains clean, with well-defined lines to the thread margins. There is a slight cupping on the front surface of the handle, implying a monogram removal. To be sure, this is subtle.