Persian Style Silver

During the gilded age (1870 - 1890), top silver companies were looking for new designs which would appeal to the very wealthy new industrialists.

One of the leading firms in search of new designs was Tiffany & Co. of New York. The Persian pattern was patented in 1872 by the lead designer, Edward C. Moore. Moore was considered to be a man of "taste and distinction" who had traveled widely. During his travels he had brought home complete collections of works of arts from Persia, India, China and Japan.

The style which he created has been called "Moresque", "Saracenic", and "East Indian". At the Tiffany exhibit in Philadelphia in 1876, he displayed some of these magnificent styles of silver holloware and flatware which were considered to be nicer than the originals (which were also displayed by Turkey at the exhibition).

This tableware is vermeil (gold over silver), because only gold would appeal to these very wealthy people.

Tiffany Persian Style serving spoon

The spoon and fork below were made  by a top Swedish silversmith known as CGH (HALLBERGS GULDSMEDS ). It is a modification of the Persian style for European tastes.

This elegant spoon and fork are also plated with gold over 830 silver. The curved rectangular finials are hand chased with great care on all four sides. Note the top of the finial is curved with a flat spot on the top which could hold engraved initials if desired. These pictures do not portray the true beauty of these pieces. You will just have to believe me when I tell you that this is flatware fit for royalty.

Gorham's "Hindustanee" (1878) pattern

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