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TIFFANY & CO INC. HISTORY

The firm was founded by Charles L. Tiffany in 1837 with John B. Young under the name Tiffany & Young.
In 1841 the partnership changed to Tiffany, Young & Ellis.
In 1851 John C. Moore & Son entered into a special business relationship with Tiffany.
In 1868 the silverware factory of Moore became part of organisation with Edward C. Moore becoming one of the directors.
Throughout the remaining years of the 19th century, Tiffany’s won wide acclaim for the nature of its product and the wealth of its clientele.
Tiffany and Co. moved to its current location on New York 5th Ave. in 1940. The new building was immensely beautiful and was designed in the art deco style. Above the door is a statue of Atlas bearing the weight of the world. Instead of a globe being held above his head, he holds a clock. The architects of the building wanted to create an ominous affect that reminded Tiffany & Co.’s visitors of the rarity and preciousness of the treasures carried by the store. For that reason, all of the buildings doors were made to look like the doors of industrial bank vaults.
Today, Tiffany & Co. remains a leading maker of jewelry, china, crystal, silver, and glassware. Tiffany’s sterling pieces are some of the purest to be found in the world.



TIFFANY STERLING SILVER MARKS

Until c. 1868 Tiffany purchased silverware from a variety of the major silver manufacturers, among them Grosjean & Woodward, William Gale, Gorham Mfg Co, William Bogert & Co and others. In this period the "Tiffany" mark was accompanied by that of the maker silversmith.
Tiffany, Young & Ellis 1841-1853 (maker John C. Moore) mark Tiffany & Co 1853, maker Grosjean & Woodward mark Tiffany & Co 1854, maker Grosjean & Woodward mark Tiffany & Co c.1866 (maker Gorham Mfg Co) mark Tiffany & Co c.1866 (maker William Bogert & Co) mark


Authentic Tiffany silver holloware and flatware is generally marked Tiffany & Co and generally includes date letters indicating the period it was made. Flatware also usually includes a pattern number.
The first date letter "M" (Old English) used by Tiffanys represented Edward C. Moore, who was the head of Tiffany's silver operations until 1891. After his death, the date letters were based on the initial of the current Tiffany president (1891-1902 Charles L. Tiffany, 1902-1907 Charles T. Cook, 1907-1947 John C. Moore, 1947-1955 Louis de Bian Moore, 1955-ca.1965 William T. Lusk). The practice was discontinued about 1965.
Tiffany. Young & Ellis c. 1853 mark Tiffany & Co c.1854-c.1870  (Edward C. Moore) mark Tiffany & Co c.1854-c.1870  (Edward C. Moore) mark Tiffany & Co c.1870 (Edward C. Moore) mark Tiffany & Co c.1870-1891  (Edward C. Moore) mark Tiffany & Co c.1870-1891  (Edward C. Moore) mark Tiffany & Co sterling and other metals mark Tiffany & Co 1891-1902  (Charles L. Tiffany) mark Tiffany & Co 1902-1907  (Charles  T. Cook) mark Tiffany & Co 1907-1947  (John C. Moore) mark Tiffany & Co 1907-1947  (John C. Moore) mark Tiffany & Co 1907-1947  (John C. Moore) mark Tiffany & Co 1947-1955  (Louis de Bian Moore) mark Tiffany & Co 1955-c.1965  (William T. Lusk) mark Tiffany & Co  1965-present mark Tiffany & Co present (jewelry) mark


A special symbol has been added to Tiffany mark on items produced on the occasion of International Exhibitions (Columbian Esposition Chicago 1893, Esposition Universelle Paris 1900, Pan-American Esposition Buffalo 1901)
Tiffany & Co World's Columbian Esposition, Chicago 1893 mark Tiffany & Co Esposition Universelle, Paris 1900 mark Tiffany & Co  Pan-American Esposition,  Buffalo  1901 mark


Starting in the mid-1900s, part of Tiffany's silverware has been manufactured abroad. Much of this production bears a mark indicating the country of origin (Italy, France, Germany) and, in some cases, the silversmith's mark
Tiffany & Co 1974-present (Elsa Peretti design) mark Tiffany & Co  (French maker) mark Tiffany & Co (sterling France) mark Tiffany & Co (925 sterling Germany) mark Tiffany & Co after 1970 (maker Guido Galbiati, Italy) mark


TIFFANY IN NEW YORK

This is the list of Tiffany's New York locations:
1837 Tiffany & Young 259 Broadway, NY
1841 Tiffany, Young & Ellis 259-260 Broadway, NY
1847 Tiffany, Young & Ellis 271 Broadway, NY
1853 Tiffany & Co. 550-552 Broadway, NY
1870 Tiffany & Co. Union Square & 15th St, NY
1905 Tiffany & Co. 5th Ave & 37th St., NY
1940 Tiffany & Co. 5th Ave & 57th St., NY
1996 Tiffany & Co. 727 5th Ave. NY
Some of early marks bear the firm address; an useful information in dating a piece
Tiffany & Co: 550 Broadway, NY mark Tiffany & Co: 550 Broadway, NY
Tiffany & Co: Union Square, NY mark Tiffany & Co: Union Square, NY

A SELECTION OF TIFFANY SILVER

Tiffany silver pitcher Tiffany silver coffee pot Tiffany silver pitcher
Tiffany hallmark Tiffany hallmark Tiffany hallmark

pitcher
922 6677

coffee pot
10166 2266

pitcher
3077 M 7306

Tiffany silver tazza Tiffany silver dresser/vanity set Tiffany silver teapot
Tiffany hallmark Tiffany hallmark Tiffany hallmark

tazza
22796

dresser/vanity set
15088G 14562

teapot
6393 M 7700

Tiffany silver cream and sugar Tiffany silver basket Tiffany silver tea set
Tiffany hallmark Tiffany hallmark Tiffany hallmark

cream and sugar
2551 M

basket
1383 3 T 1049

tea set
1318 1581



Tiffany silver basket Tiffany silver bowl Tiffany silver compote
Tiffany hallmark Tiffany hallmark Tiffany hallmark

basket
16942

bowl
12445 T 555

compote
19754 6618

Tiffany silver pill box Tiffany silver coffee set Tiffany silver plate
Tiffany hallmark Tiffany hallmark Tiffany hallmark

pill box
* 174 MI
maker: Argenteria Galbiati srl
Milano Italy

coffee set
20999 7856

 

plate
11085 7435

Tiffany silver urn vase Tiffany silver asparagus tongs Tiffany silver pitcher
Tiffany hallmark Tiffany hallmark Tiffany hallmark

urn vase
11251 T 4374

asparagus tongs
1622

pitcher
by Elsa Peretti - Italy


SILVERPLATE AND ELECTROPLATED SILVER OF USA AND CANADA
AMERICAN SILVERPLATE MARKS
Aa / Al      Am / Az      Ba / Bh      Bi / Bz      C      D      E      F      G      H      I      J      K      L      Ma / Mh      Mi / Mz      N      O      P      Q      Ra / Rn      Ro / Rz      Sa / Sl      Sm / Sz      T      U      V      Wa / Wd      We / Wz      X      Y      Z     
LITERAL MARKS - INITIAL LETTERS          A - B - C - D - E       F - G - H - I - J - K - L       M - N - O - P - Q - R - S       T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z     
FIGURAL MARKS         anchorsanimalsarrowsbells,       birdscandelabracrossescrowns      fantastical entitieshorses       human figureslions,  musical instruments      plants and vegetablesstars      swords axes blades,    toolswindmillsothers
AMERICAN SILVERSMITHS         ALVIN CORPORATION      BLACK, STARR & FROST       J.E.CALDWELL & CO    CLEMENS FRIEDELL    WILLIAM GALE    GORHAM      HOLMES & EDWARDS    HOTCHKISS & SCHREUDER    INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO      KIRK STIEFF      DANIEL LOW & CO      LUNT SILVERSMITHS      MAUSER MFG. CO      MERIDEN BRITANNIA CO      POOLE SILVER CO      REED & BARTON      BERNARD RICE'S SONS      ROGERS      GEORGE W. SHIEBLER & CO      SHREVE, CRUMP & LOW      SIMPSON, HALL, MILLER & CO      WILLIAM SPRATLING      ARTHUR STONE      TIFFANY & CO      TOWLE      TUTTLE SILVERSMITHS     WALLACE      WATSON COMPANY      E.G. WEBSTER & SON     WHITING MFG CO     WILCOX SILVER PLATE CO
FLATWARE PATTERNS         GORHAM      HOLMES & EDWARDS     INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO      KIRK STIEFF CORPORATION      REED & BARTON      1847 ROGERS BROS      TOWLE MFG CO      WALLACE SILVERSMITHS INC.     

STERLING SILVER OF USA AND CANADA
AMERICAN STERLING SILVER MARKS
Aa / Am      An / Az      Ba / Bh      Bi / Bz      Ca / Cn      Co / Cz      Da / Dt      Du / Dz      E      Fa / Fn      Fo / Fz      Ga / Gh      Gi / Gz      Ha / Hh      Hi / Hz      I-J      K      La / Lh      Li / Lz      M      N      O      P - Q      Ra / Rn      Ro / Rz      Sa / Sh      Si / Sz      T - U - V      Wa / WG      Wh / Wz      X - Y - Z     

SILVER MANUFACTURERS: MARKS, HISTORY AND INFORMATION
Peter Charles Faberge mark    Gorham Athenic hallmark    International Silver Company mark    Georg Jensen hallmark 1945-1951    Kirk & Son mark    Meriden Britannia Company mark    Reed & Barton mark    Rogers Bros mark    Tiffany hallmarks    Towle Silversmiths mark    Wallace Silversmiths mark    Wiener Werkstatte monogram    WMF hallmarks   
Fabergé    Gorham    International Silver Co    Georg Jensen    Kirk Stieff    Meriden Britannia    Reed & Barton    Rogers    Tiffany & Co    Towle    Wallace    Wiener Werkstatte    WMF   

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