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iconnumber posted 10-15-2003 02:45 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently purchased a set of Tiffany Olympian flatware from an estate. I'm trying to determine the age of the set. The flatware is marked "Tiffany & Co. Sterling."

To my eye, there's no other mark.

Mr. Hood, I've ordered your book to see if I could figure this out, but I thought that I would go to the source.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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iconnumber posted 10-15-2003 04:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your Tiffany Olympian is "new" (probably 20th C.). Old Olympian is marked TIFFANY & Co. / STERLING / PAT. 1878. New Olympian flatware is marked TIFFANY & Co. / STERLING and sometimes also with 925 (I am not sure exactly when this new marking system went into effect). Also, the die-stamped handle designs on new pieces are less well defined than on old pieces (that have not been over-polished).

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iconnumber posted 10-16-2003 12:03 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How much less valuable does the age make the set? With your information, I would estimate that the set was purchased in the thirties or forties. It is in pristine condition.

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iconnumber posted 10-16-2003 04:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can only speak in general terms. Since, all things considered, "new" Oympian is less desirable than "old" Olympian, it is less valuable, but I cannot quantitate that, i.e., I cannot say the new stuff is 10%, 20% or whatever less valuable than the old. The value of your set will depend also to a great degree on the numbers and types of pieces it contains. Let me add that it is against Forum policy to put a dollar value on any item(s) discussed.

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