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Oyster forks (5)

Object Number: 
INV.791a-e
Date: 
ca. 1878
Medium: 
Silver
Dimensions: 
each overall: 5 x 3/4 x 1/2 in. ( 12.7 x 1.9 x 1.3 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on the undersides of the handles: "MRS" in script stamped: on the undersides of the handles: "M TIFFANY & Co STERLING PAT 1878" incuse
Description: 
Five silver oyster forks in the "Olympian" pattern with upturned double-swell handles with a foliate tip with a Bacchanalian scene on the front, foliate decoration with birds and the engraved initials, "MRS" in script on the underside;squared shoulders with scroll decoration and three pointed tines on each; face within a foliate garland drops; makers' marks stamped on the underside of the handles. Scene depciting "Bacchantes amusing the infant".
Gallery Label: 
The "Olympian" pattern was introduced at the Exposition Universelle, Paris in 1878, though the design was not patented until August 17. 1879 to Edward C. Moore. It is possible, however, that the design is attributable to F. Antoine Heller. Within the pattern there are seventeen different handle decorations, each depicting subjects and stories from classical mythology.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group