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Tiffany & Co Antique Sterling Silver Lyre Design Bread Fork, NYC, c. 1880

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This is an exceptionally rare and beautiful serving fork with bold design made from multiple parts. The tapering handle is undecorated and joined by a a decorative ring to the lower section. The top is a beautifully cast lyre supported by two garlands emanating from florets. Very classical in its inspiration, the handle also features lion heads at the top of the lyre handles flanking a sunburst.

The three-tined serving end is also quite striking with lovely classical pierce-work and chased foliate design.

This rare antique serving fork is marked on the back 'TIFFANY & CO/ STERLING/ M/ 927'. It measures 9 inches long, weighs 4.10 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.