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COULD YOU HELP ME ESTABLISH DATE AND THEREFORE VALUE FOR 12 PLUS PLACE-SETTINGS IN CHRYSANTHEMUM PATTERN. THE MARK IS 1880 M. THE M HAS FLAGS ON THE TOP CORNERS AND THE BOTTOM CORNERS. ALSO, THERE IS NO INITIALING - NOT REMOVED - AND IN VERY GOOD CONDITION. THE MINIMAL WEAR IS OVERALL.

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Tiffany's Chrysanthemum pattern was patented Sept. 12, 1880. Most old flat-handled pieces are marked TIFFANY & Co./ STERLING/ PAT. 1880/ M ("raised," meaning the letters were incorporated into the die used to stamp the piece). The M was used between 1869 (or 1876?) and 1891, when Edward C. Moore was head of Tiffany's silver dept. See the book Tiffany Silver Flatware, 1845-1905: When Dining Was an Art, by Hood et al., published by Antique Collectors' Club, 2000, pp. 233-236, 310-311. So the pieces you have may have been struck between 1880 and 1891, or they may have been struck considerably later from old but still usable dies bearing the M mark. You can't make this distinction from the marks alone. Tiffany's Chrysanthemum is a highly collectible pattern that usually brings top dollar at auctions, antiques shows, etc. Beyond that, the value of your flatware will depend on its condition. It is against the policy of the SILVER FORUMS to give specific valuations. Suggest you consult a qualified appraiser, antiques dealer knowledgable about Tiffany, etc.

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