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A set of important American sterling silver flatware designed by Charles T. Grosjean for William Kissam Vanderbilt, Tiffany & Co; image credit on full record.
A set of important American sterling silver flatware designed by Charles T. Grosjean for William Kissam Vanderbilt, Tiffany & Co; image credit on full record.
Tiffany sterling silver flatware service designed for Vanderbilt; image credit on full record.

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Flatware; Sterling Silver, Tiffany, Designed for Vanderbilt, Arms & Acorn Crest, 56 Pieces.

A set of important American sterling silver flatware designed by Charles T. Grosjean for William Kissam Vanderbilt, Tiffany & Co., New York, 1884. Comprising 23 dinner forks, 21 dinner knives and 12 tablespoons; each shaped fork and spoon cast on the front with the Vanderbilt arms below a helmet and foliate mantle headed by an acorn crest, on the reverse with the "WKV" monogram above hunting trophies, tassels and berried laurel, and on the heel with a lion head and pelt below an oak swag, the stem of the fork with a male figure staving off a pair of hounds amidst berried laurel, the stem of the tablespoon with a female figure touching the heads of a pair of deer at her feet, each knife cast on one side with matching arms above Hercules and the Nemean lion, and on the other with matching monogram above a lion mask and Hercules's club, all marked  TIFFANY & CO. STERLING," the knife blades marked "JOSEPH RODGERS & SONS/ CUTLERS TO HER MAJESTY" and with factory marks.
Tiffany manufactured six known custom-designed patterns in the last quarter of the 19th century and an additional six early in the 20th century. These commissions were designed for individuals and families such as John Carter Brown, William Curry, William Randolph Hearst, John W. and Marie Louise Mackay, J. Pierpont Morgan, Mary Frances Hopkins Searles, and the Hamilton McKown Twombly family. The private patterns were extremely expensive to design and produce, ultimately costing the client thousands of dollars.

'Commodore' Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794 to 1877) and first wife Sophia Johnson Vanderbilt had thirteen children including William Henry (1821 to 1885). Tiffany created private patterns for the families of William Henry's sons Cornelius (1843 to 1899) and William Kissam (1849 to 1920). Reportedly Tiffany charged the Vanderbilts $10,000 just to create the new dies for the service, before producing the actual flatware....[more information available via subscription]

p4A Item D9710685
Category:  silver & gold    Origin:  New York
Type:  flatware    Year:  1884

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