These rare and beautiful knives in Tiffany's 'Persian' pattern are referred to as breakfast or tea knives. They feature solid, flat handles in this exotic pattern. An original design drawing for Persian breakfast knives is pictured in Tiffany Silver Flatware by William Hood, p.49.
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.)
These beautiful antique knives measure 7.5 inches long. They are marked 'TIFFANY & CO./ STERLING/ M/ PAT. 1872' and with the capital 'M' mark which dates them to 1875-91. Monogrammed 'FCW ' in a script style and weighing a total of 16.20 troy ounces, they are in excellent condition.
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