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    A Rare Forty-Eight Piece Tiffany & Co. William K. Vanderbilt Pattern Flatware Service, New York, New York, circa 1885
    Marks to knife blades: (V-crown-r), JOSEPH RODGERS & SONS, CUTLERS TO HER MAJESTY, (star-Maltese cross)
    10-1/2 inches long (26.7 cm) (longest, dinner knife)
    101.90 troy ounces (weighable)

    The lot comprising:

    12 dinner knives;
    12 dinner forks;
    12 pickle forks;
    12 place spoons;
    48 total.

    The William K. Vanderbilt pattern and its sister service, the Cornelius Vanderbilt pattern, are two of approximately ten known private flatware patterns produced by Tiffany & Company in the last quarter of the nineteenth century for America's wealthiest families including John Mackay, John Carter Brown, J. Pierpont Morgan, William Randolph Hearst, and others. The firm employed Charles T. Grosjean, acclaimed designer of Tiffany's Lap Over Edge and Chrysanthemum patterns, to design the two Vanderbilt family services, and reportedly charged the family $10,000 before actual production to draft and patent the designs, and create the dies. The patent date for the William Kissim Vanderbilt pattern was issued on January 13, 1885, and manufacture began shortly thereafter. To the front of the handle terminal to each piece in the service is the Vanderbilt coat of arms. The front of the stems bear type-specific scenery depicting allegories of Actaeon, Hercules, and Diana, overtly illustrating the utensils' celebration of the hunt at the table. The reverse of the terminals bear a WVK monogram above a stag's head, quiver, and horn, all above a laurel wreath cascade terminating with a grotesque mask; the reverse of the knife handles bear lion's head below monogram and conforming laurel flourishes. Complete census data for the William K. Vanderbilt service is unknown, and a number of examples in silver and gilt silver are held in museum collections and have surfaced sporadically at auction.

    Condition Report*: Errant nicking inherent with use, some knife blades with bubling to plate and light rust bleed, some knives with plate wear to tip of blades and edges, minor bending to some fork tines, light push to tip of bowl of place spoon, presenting well with wear commensurate with age, polishing, and use.  
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2017
    20th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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