Tiffany & Co 'Persian' Pattern Antique Sterling Silver Fish Service, 1875-91
This is a rare set of Persian pattern flatware consisting of 12 fish forks and knives. All pieces are engraved with a 'W' initial.
Tiffany's 'Persian' pattern is one of the most elegant late-19th century patterns ever created. First introduced in 1872 and inactive before 1904, Persian was designed by Edward C. Moore. Moore found inspiration in many exotic eastern designs. He amassed a large and notable collection of Persian and mid-eastern items that was donated to the Metropolitan Museum upon his death. A natural extension of his passion, Persian - in good condition - remains as beautiful and exotic today as then. (See William Hood, Tiffany Silver Flatware pp. 199-202 and Magnificent Tiffany Silver.)
This beautiful service is marked 'TIFFANY & CO./ STERLING/ M/ PAT. 1872' and with the capital 'M' mark which dates them to 1875-91. The forks and knives measure 6.75 and 8.25 inches long respectively. They have a total weight of 41.95 troy ounces and are in excellent condition.