A silver shaped oval dishbyTiffany & Co, with pierced meandering foliate border and reeded edge, raised on flattened bun feet, reverse stamped ‘Tiffany & Co, 16996A Makers 652..’ (last numeral indistinct), ‘STERLING SILVER 925-1000’ and date letter ‘M’, dimensions 30.5 x 23cm.£200-£260
Tiffany silver holloware generally includes date letters indicating the period it was made. The first date letter ‘M’ (Old English) used by Tiffany’s represented Edward C. Moore, who was the head of Tiffany’s silver operations until 1891. After his death, the date letters were based on the initial of the current Tiffany president - between 1947-1955 it was John C. Moore. The practice was discontinued about 1965.