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Tiffany "Olympian" Unusual Sterling Silver Pastry Fork

Tiffany "Olympian" Unusual Sterling Silver Pastry Fork
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$245.00

Measuring 6 9/16" long and weighing a substantial 2.1 T. oz., this piece is a rare form pastry fork in Tiffany's Olympian.

William Hood in his Tiffany Silver Flatware speaks to the individuality of this item which he illustrates in "Figure 98."

He notes, "Tiffany also made a three-pronged pastry fork having a dessert spoon handle, a rounded bowl with wavy margins and small round niches between bases of the tines," all of which describes this.

He further observes that in addition to this instance in Olympian, "We know of other examples in Vine, Chrysanthemum and English King," which were all premier patterns of the 1870-80 period.

Featuring multiple themes from Classical mythology, the imagery of this portrays "Orpheus in search of his wife."

Never monogrammed, the pattern detail remains exceptionally clear and well-defined. The tines are free of bends, burrs, nicks, or tip wear, and the finish is bright and even.

Marks are "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1878," and "m," all in fine, precise, lettering.

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