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Tiffany & Co Mackay Sterling Service.
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Each piece cast and chased with flower heads and leaves on both sides of the stem, the top with a wheat sheaf between two sickles and over an escutcheon, the reverse with raised initials "MLM". Comprising: 12 tablespoons 8-3/4", 12 gilt dessert spoons 7-1/8", 12 teaspoons, 10 gilt ice cream spoons, pointed bowls, 12 gilt ice cream spoons, bowls with crimped edges, 6 egg spoons with gilt bowls, a sugar spoon with oval gilt bowl with crimped edges, 2 smaller spoons with similar gilt bowls, 6 gilt coffee spoons 4-7/8", 12 table forks 7-7/8", 12 dessert or lunch forks 7", 12 gilt fish forks, 12 fish knives with hollow handles, 12 gilt butter spreaders with hollow handles, 11 gilt dessert knives with hollow handles, 12 forks, pierced sections behind short tines, hollow handles 7-1/8", 12 pastry forks 5", 12 table knives with new stainless blades, 12 luncheon new knives with stainless blades, a serving spoon 11-1/4", a pair of serving spoons with pierced bowls 10-1/2", a gilt berry scoop with gadrooned sides, a gilt cake slice with blade etched and engraved floral panels. a soup ladle, circular bowl with scalloped edges, a gravy ladle, a sugar sifter, gilt pierced bowl with lobed edge, a long olive fork 8", a long olive spoon with a pierced bowl 8-1/4", a pair of tongs with gilt rectangular blades and a rectangular yoke, a gilt-metal flat-bladed server with slide ejector, a hollow handled butter knife, a hollow handled cheese knife, a pair of marrow scoops with narrow chased stems. a pair of large gilt grape shears 7-3/4", a pair of gilt metal nut crackers, marked "silver mounted", a two-piece carving set with steel blade and tines. Most pieces with French import marks used 1864- 1893. Condition: Light signs of use on non-gilt and some gilt pieces; tines of forks and spoon bowls in good condition; 213 pieces. Total weight of pieces excluding knives: 334 ozt. Also included is a Pair of Tiffany Sterling Covered Vegetable Dishes, each with a circular squat body extensively chased with large floral motifs in shaped panels with an escutcheon on one side and raised initials "MLM" on the other, all between floral borders and on a low foot, the domed removable cover chased with pomegranates in pointed oval leafage panels. Marked under bases and with engraved number "232/6". Length across handles: 11". Total weight: 122 ozt. A Tiffany Sterling Oval Tray, the shaped border extensively chased with panels of flower heads and flowering branches, one side with an escutcheon and the other with raised initials "MLM", all around a plain center. Marked underneath and with engraved number "248/7". Length: 18". Weight: 78 ozt. \nLot 246 is part of the Mackay Service, a 1,250 piece extensive custom-made dinner and dessert table service commissioned by John Mackay at the suggestion of his wife Marie Louise, a well-known American hostess living in Paris. Mackay and other partners owned and operated mines in the Comstock Lode, one of the richest veins of silver ore in America. Silver from this source, sent to Tiffany & Co. in New York in 1877, was used to make this service. The original complete service, including 918 pieces of flatware and 332 others, was finished in 1878. It was then sent to France for the Exposition Universelle in Paris and displayed at the American Pavilion- in fact many pieces have French import marks. The style is a combination of popular design elements in the late 19th century, including Persian and Indian influences- in fact the pattern was originally referred to as "Indian" when in production at Tiffany’s factory. The initials are those of Marie Louise Mackay and the coat of arms is associated with one of her ancestors
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