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Antique American Sterling Silver Christening Mug by Tiffany & Co. 1879

$2,857.07

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A magnificent, fine and impressive, rare antique American sterling silver christening mug; an addition to our christening silverware collection. This magnificent antique American sterling silver christening mug has a circular rounded form to a collect style foot. The surface of this fine example of antique silverware is encircled with an applied girdle supporting a frieze of young boys marching whilst playing musical instruments, banging pots and riding broomsticks. The body of this Tiffany & Co. mug is further ornamented with an engraved foliate and laurel design to the background. The upper rim is embellished with an applied undulating band of tiered leaf designs. The silver mug is fitted with an exceptional cast and applied C-shaped handle ornamented with a lobed, incurved design accented with simplified leaf motifs to each incurve. The underside of the mug bears the contemporary bright cut engraved initials 'CSVD'. This antique silver mug features the original gilded interior. The hallmarks to the underside of this impressive mug include: Maker's mark: Tiffany & Co. Pattern number: 5470 (registered within 1879) Order number: 6495 This antique American mug is a rare piece of silver due to the rarity of production and style. Condition: This antique Tiffany & Co christening mug is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional presentation condition. The American hallmarks struck to the underside of the mug are all very clear. Dimensions: Length from back of handle to rim 11 cm / 4.3" Diameter of rim 7.4 cm / 2.9" Diameter of foot 6.3 cm / 2.5" Height 8.9 cm / 3.5" Weight 7.8 troy ounces /242 g Maker: Tiffany & Co. Date: 1879 Origin: New York, USA. Video: A video of this fine piece is available upon request. Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this piece of antique silverware.

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  • Dimensions
    Height: 3.5 in. (8.89 cm)Diameter: 2.9 in. (7.37 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1879
  • Condition
    Please see main description.
  • Seller Location
    Jesmond, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A87111stDibs: LU1200218454792

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    Ships From: Jesmond, United Kingdom
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About the Maker

Tiffany & Co.

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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