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Six J.C. Moore "Patent 1847" Heavy Coin Silver Tea or Dessert Forks

Six J.C. Moore "Patent 1847" Heavy Coin Silver Tea or Dessert Forks
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$275.00 Price for the set of six.

Recognized as the creative impulse who, with his son Edward, transformed Tiffany & Co. from a retailer to the major silver manufacturer that it became, New York City's John C. Moore was an established silversmith long before his association with Tiffany began.

He was in fact the second manufacturer, after Michael Gibney to patent a flatware design, with that on these six, matching, coin silver tea or dessert forks, dating to 1847 as indicated by the "Patent 1847" mark on the reverse. The actual patent number is 124.

Unnamed, the design is similar to "Prince Albert" of the period, and has a rococo element reflected in the shell and scroll work at the handle tip.

Measuring 6 3/4" long each, and extremely heavy at 13.5 T. oz. the group, they are tea or dessert forks.

They are monogrammed "CCT" in fancy, feathered script lettering set sideways on the handles.

All six are in superb condition, showing no polishing wear, and having straight, even, and pointed tines. The finishes have a rich patina.

In addition to the patent date that appears on the six, three of them are stamped "JCM" and "Warrin & Co.," while the other three are marked "Allcock & Allen," absent the "JCM." The two retail firms were both located at 341 Broadway in New York City, and as evidenced by these, possibly had some commercial connection.

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