Tiffany & Co. (est. 1837)

Tiffany & Co. is one of the most prominent purveyors of luxury goods in the United States, and has long been an important arbiter of style in the design of diamond engagement rings. A young Franklin Delano Roosevelt proposed to his future wife, Eleanor, with a Tiffany ring in 1904. Vanderbilts, Whitneys, Astors and members of the Russian imperial family all wore Tiffany & Co. jewels. And Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis preferred Tiffany china for state dinners at the White House.


Although synonymous with luxury today, the firm started out rather modestly. Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young founded it in Connecticut as a “stationery and fancy goods emporium” in 1837, at a time when European imports still dominated the nascent American luxury market. In 1853, Charles Tiffany — who in 1845 had launched the company’s famed catalog, the Blue Book, and with it, the firm’s signature robin’s-egg blue, which he chose for the cover — shifted the focus to fine jewelry. In 1868, Tiffany & Co. gained international recognition when it became the first U.S. firm to win an award for excellence in silverware at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. From then on, it belonged to the pantheon of American luxury brands.


At the start of the Gilded Age, in 1870, Tiffany & Co. opened its flagship store, described as a "palace of jewels" by the New York Times, at 15 Union Square West in Manhattan. Throughout this period, its designs for silver tableware, ceremonial silver, flatware and jewelry were highly sought-after indicators of status and taste. They also won the firm numerous accolades, including the grand prize for silverware at the Paris Exposition of 1878. Among the firm’s glittering creations from this time are masterworks of Art Nouveau jewelry, such as this delicate aquamarine necklace and this lavish plique-à-jour peridot and gold necklace, both circa 1900.


When Charles Lewis Tiffany died, in 1902, his son Louis Comfort Tiffany became the firm’s design director. Under his leadership, the Tiffany silver studio was a de facto design school for apprentice silversmiths, who worked alongside head artisan Edward C. Moore. The firm produced distinctive objects inspired by Japanese art and design, North American plants and flowers, and Native American patterns and crafts, adding aesthetic diversity to Tiffany & Co.’s distinguished repertoire.


Tiffany is also closely associated with diamonds, even lending its name to one particularly rare and exceptional yellow stone. The firm bought the Tiffany diamond in its raw state from the Kimberley mines of South Africa in 1878. Cut to create a 128.54-carat gem with an unprecedented 82 facets, it is one of the most spectacular examples of a yellow diamond in the world. In a broader sense, Tiffany & Co. helped put diamonds on the map in 1886 by introducing the American marketplace to the solitaire diamond design, which is still among the most popular engagement-ring styles. The trademark Tiffany® Setting raises the stone above the band on six prongs, allowing its facets to catch the light. A lovely recent example is this circa-2000 platinum engagement ring. Displaying a different design and aesthetic (but equally chic) is this exquisite diamond and ruby ring from the 1930s.

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Art Deco Tiffany & Co. Sterling Cocktail Shaker

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Art Deco Tiffany & Co. Sterling Cocktail Shaker
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Vintage 1920s American Art Deco Barware
Sterling Silver
Sterling circa 1920s by Tiffany & Co., New York, New York. This stunning extra-large Art Deco cocktail shaker by Tiffany & Co. has elegant lines that present a sleek decorative silhouet...
12 Tiffany-Le Tallec-Paris Cirque Chinois Demi Tasse, Very Rare

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12 Tiffany-Le Tallec-Paris Cirque Chinois Demi Tas...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Barware
Porcelain
Crafted from Limoges porcelain, this hand-painted design was especially created for Tiffany & Co. by Camille Le Tallec, Le Tallec was purchased by Tiffany & Co. in 1990. Le Tallec crea...
Tiffany & Co. Sterling Stave Tub Motif Ice Bucket

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Tiffany & Co. Sterling Stave Tub Motif Ice Bucket
Tiffany & Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Barware
Sterling Silver
Circa 1950s, Sterling, by Tiffany & Co. New York. Designed in the form of a colonial-era wooden watering tub, this sterling ice bucket is part of a magnificent tradition of figural st...
Antique Tiffany Edwardian Sterling Silver Ice Bucket

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Antique Tiffany Edwardian Sterling Silver Ice Buck...
Tiffany & Co.
Early 20th Century American Edwardian Barware
Sterling Silver, Glass
Edwardian sterling silver ice bucket. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Straight and tapering sides with open bottom, four ball supports, and two bracket handles mounted to rim. Sides ...
Antique Tiffany Sterling Silver Cocktail Shaker

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Antique Tiffany Sterling Silver Cocktail Shaker
Tiffany & Co.
Early 20th Century American Art Deco Barware
Sterling Silver
Sterling silver cocktail shaker. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York, ca 1915. Cup has straight and tapering sides. Bellied and domed top with central built-in strainer and plug. Innovati...
Tiffany Modern Sterling Silver Cocktail Shaker

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Tiffany Modern Sterling Silver Cocktail Shaker
Tiffany & Co.
Mid-20th Century American Modern Barware
Sterling Silver
Modern sterling silver cocktail shaker. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Tapering sides, short neck, flat and overhanging cover, scroll bracket handle, and diagonal spout with built-i...
Tiffany & Co. Sterling Art Deco Cocktail Pitcher/Mixer

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Tiffany & Co. Sterling Art Deco Cocktail Pitcher/M...
Tiffany & Co.
Vintage 1920s American Art Deco Barware
Sterling Silver
Sterling, Tiffany & Co., American, circa 1920s. Sleek and chic, this is mixology-made-legend in sterling. In the roaring 1920s, Tiffany created iconic Art Deco cocktail pitchers, or mix...
Gilded Age Tiffany Brilliant-Cut Glass and Sterling Silver Claret Jug

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Gilded Age Tiffany Brilliant-Cut Glass and Sterlin...
Tiffany & Co.
Antique Early 1900s American Edwardian Barware
Sterling Silver, Cut Glass
Gilded Age brilliant cut-glass claret jug with sterling silver collar. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Tall and upward tapering with c-scroll handle. Stars, diaper, flowers, and fern...
Tiffany and Co. Sterling Silver Flask, 1883-1891

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Tiffany and Co. Sterling Silver Flask, 1883-1891
Tiffany & Co.
Antique Late 19th Century American Barware
Sterling Silver
Tiffany and Co. Sterling silver flask, 1883-1891.
18 Cordials and Tray

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18 Cordials and Tray
Tiffany & Co.
Vintage 1940s American Barware
Sterling Silver
18 cordials waiting to be handed out. 18 cordials standing elegantly on a Tiffany tray. The look smart and classic and the memories to come priceless.    
Very Rare Tall Sterling Silver-Mounted Tiffany & Co. Decanter

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Very Rare Tall Sterling Silver-Mounted Tiffany & C...
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Antique 19th Century American Victorian Barware
Sterling Silver
Very rare, tall, sterling silver-mounted Tiffany & Co. "wheel-cut" glass decanter (Glass is signed Stevens & Williams, founder of Steuben Glass in 1903; silver mount is signed Tiffany,)...
Tiffany & Co Art Deco Sterling Silver Cocktail Shaker, 1920s

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Tiffany & Co Art Deco Sterling Silver Cocktail Sha...
Tiffany & Co.
Vintage 1920s American Art Deco Barware
Sterling Silver
Tiffany Art Deco sterling silver cocktail shaker, circa 1920, Tiffany & Co, New York. The plain tapering body with ribbed upper section and cover, half shield handle, the spout with sil...
Mid-Century Modern "Rock Cut" Crystal Ice Bucket by Tiffany & Co.
Mid-Century Modern "Rock Cut" Crystal Ice Bucket b...
Tiffany & Co.
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware
Crystal, Cut Glass
Crystal ice bucket sculptured like ice formations.
Tiffany Sterling Silver Classic Midcentury Modern Bar Pitcher

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Tiffany Sterling Silver Classic Midcentury Modern ...
Tiffany & Co.
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Barware
Sterling Silver
Classic Midcentury Modern sterling silver bar pitcher. Gently curved and tapering sides, scrolled bracket handle, and soft u-spout with built-in strainer. Open top with demi-lune ice gu...
Tiffany Sterling Silver Classic Ice Bucket

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Tiffany Sterling Silver Classic Ice Bucket
Tiffany & Co.
Late 20th Century American Modern Barware
Sterling Silver
Classic sterling silver ice bucket. Retailed by Tiffany & Co. in New York. Bowl has curved bottom, bracket side handles, and round stepped foot. Raised cover with urn finial. Measure: H...
Collection of Tiffany Crystal in the Rock Cut Pattern, Ice Bucket and Much More
Collection of Tiffany Crystal in the Rock Cut Patt...
Tiffany & Co.
20th Century Mid-Century Modern Barware
Crystal
Collection of Tiffany crystal in the rock cut pattern. Ice bucket, five large bowls, five smaller bowls and five plates.
Art Nouveau Tiffany Sterling Silver Large Lap over...
Tiffany & Co.
Antique Early 1900s American Art Nouveau Barware
Sterling Silver
Tiffany & Co Sterling silver Art Nouveau 1909 large lap over edge golf flask trophy. Fantastic acid etched Lap Over Edge pattern art nouveau flask made by Tiffany & Co. The piece has...
Tiffany Art Deco Sterling Silver Cocktail Set

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Tiffany Art Deco Sterling Silver Cocktail Set
Tiffany & Co.
Early 20th Century American Art Deco Barware
Sterling Silver
A spectacular Art Deco sterling silver 14-piece cocktail set, comprising of a massive 4½ pint cocktail Shaker, (the largest Tiffany produced), with a highly decorative, foliate pierced ...
Pair of Tiffany Georgian Pierced Sterling Silver Wine Bottle Coasters

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Pair of Tiffany Georgian Pierced Sterling Silver W...
Tiffany & Co.
Early 20th Century American Georgian Barware
Sterling Silver
Pair of Georgian sterling silver wine bottle coasters. Made by Tiffany & Co. in New York, circa 1909. Each: Pierced double colonnade and stained-wood well with marquetry ornament. Felt-...
Tiffany & Co. Golf Putter Cocktail Stirrer

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Tiffany & Co. Golf Putter Cocktail Stirrer
Tiffany & Co.
1990s American Barware
Sterling Silver
A sterling silver novelty cocktail stirrer in the form of a golf putter. This is a wonderful and whimsical piece for the home bar, and is a great gift for the golf lover who has everyth...
Ailanthus by Tiffany Sterling Silver Custom Bar Set 2-PC, Ice Scoop & Martini Sp
Ailanthus by Tiffany Sterling Silver Custom Bar Se...
Tiffany & Co.
Antique Late 19th Century Barware
Sterling Silver, Stainless Steel
This sterling silver custom-made hollow handle with stainless two-piece bar set includes: One martini spoon approx. 12" One ice scoop approx. 9" It is monogrammed (Monos Vary) an...
Renaissance by Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Custom Bar Set, Ice Scoop & Martini
Renaissance by Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Custom...
Tiffany & Co.
Early 20th Century Barware
Sterling Silver, Stainless Steel
Sterling silver hollow handle with stainless bar set includes: 1 - martini spoon, cocktail stirrer approximately 11" 1 - ice scoop, approximately 9" The set is monogrammed (MONOS...
Tiffany & Co. Pair of Sterling Goblets

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Tiffany & Co. Pair of Sterling Goblets
Tiffany & Co.
Vintage 1950s American Barware
Sterling Silver
Classic TIFFANY & CO Makers sterling silver goblets. 5" tall. Heavy gauge silver. Perfect for engraving to commemorate a wedding or other special occasion. Alice Kwartler has sold th...
Set of Six Tiffany Sterling Wine Tasters, Vintage and Classic Shape
Set of Six Tiffany Sterling Wine Tasters, Vintage ...
Tiffany & Co.
Mid-20th Century American Barware
Sterling Silver
A wonderful group of six individual wine tasters by Tiffany. Hand chased sterling with a nicely pierced handle and perfect sized bowl. Hall marked Mid-Century in wonderful estate condit...