Tiffany & Company ( American, 1837 )
Tiffany & Co. produced at least eleven versions of this water patcher characterized by a circular rim foot, globular body, and prominent handle. A special order for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, this example features an elaborate decorative scheme of chrysanthemum flowers and leaves achieved through chasing and repoussé. As a result of the labor required, it cost $593 to produce. Production costs of the other versions ranged from $34 to $700.
Charles L. Venable, Silver in America, 1840-1940: A Century of Splendor (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art; New York, New York; Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1994), 332.