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FREDERICA VANDERBILT WEBB: AN EXTENSIVE AMERICAN SILVER OLYMPIAN PATTERN FLATWARE SERVICE, TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, CIRCA 1905

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 USD

Property of a Direct Descendant of the Original Owner

FREDERICA VANDERBILT WEBB: AN EXTENSIVE AMERICAN SILVER OLYMPIAN PATTERN FLATWARE SERVICE, TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, CIRCA 1905

FREDERICA VANDERBILT WEBB: AN EXTENSIVE AMERICAN SILVER OLYMPIAN PATTERN FLATWARE SERVICE, TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, CIRCA 1905

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 USD

Lot sold:

30,000

USD

FREDERICA VANDERBILT WEBB: AN EXTENSIVE AMERICAN SILVER OLYMPIAN PATTERN FLATWARE SERVICE, TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, CIRCA 1905


monogrammed F.V.W., some pieces gilt (g) or parcel-gilt (pg), comprising:

12 dinner knives

12 dinner forks

24 lunch knives

24 lunch forks

12 fish knives

12 fish forks

12 game knives

12 game forks

11 dessert forks

12 fruit knives (g)

12 fruit forks (g)

12 butter spreaders

12 oyster forks (pg)

12 teaspoons

12 dessert spoons

12 tablespoons

11 bouillon spoons

12 demitasse spoons (pg)

12 iced tea spoons

12 ice cream spoons (pg)

12 ice cream forks (pg)

12 nut picks (g)

5-piece carving set

2 salad servers (pg)

4 serving spoons

1 punch ladle

1 gravy ladle

1 sauce ladle

1 mustard ladle (pg)

1 basting spoon

1 cheese scoop (g)

1 ice cream slice (g)

1 pastry server (g)

1 sugar tongs

1 ice tongs

307 pieces

367 oz 10 dwt weighable

11432 g

The set with typical wear from use: decoration softened, gilding rubbed, occasional bent tines, occasional bruises to hollow handles, etc. Pieces with original Tiffany stainless blades or tines that have rusted: 4 dinner knives, 22 lunch knives, 12 fish forks (only at handle join), and 5 carvers (only at handle join). The other dinner & lunch knives with replaced Tiffany & Co. blades, and there are 10 detached original stainless dinner blades still present with this lot. 3 butter spreaders with dented blades, and 1 tablespoon with small dent to rim of bowl. Otherwise, set in good condition.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Two dynasties were united on October 14, 1905, when Frederica Vanderbilt Webb, daughter of Dr. W. Seward Webb and Lila Vanderbilt and great-granddaughter of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, married Ralph Pulitzer, son of newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer and future editor of the New York World. The wedding was held at Shelburne Farms, the Webb family’s country estate and model farm in Vermont, on the banks of Lake Champlain. The event was a great gathering of the Vanderbilt clan, including Mrs. Cornelius (of the Breakers), the Frederick W.’s (of Hyde Park), the Georges (of Biltmore), and various Twombly, Sloane, and Webb relations. 


The gifts to the young couple, many of them in gold and silver, came to $750,000 – about $20 million in 2020 dollars - including the townhouse bestowed upon them by Joseph Pulitzer, at 17 E. 73rd St in New York, adjacent to his own Stanford White-designed mansion. After the festivities the newlyweds took Dr. Webb’s yacht, the Elfrida, to Burlington and a special train to Canada for the honeymoon.