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1897 Charles L. Tiffany Signed Letter
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $464.00
Charles Louis Tiffany (1812-1902), the founder of the jewelry house Tiffany & Company and father of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Tiffany's very scarce signature "Very truly yours C. L. Tiffany 24th Feby 1892" ("9") appears at the closing of a manuscript letter (8.5 x 11 inches), written to him by one W. E. Hubler, dated February 22, 1897. On elaborately designed letterhead from the Curtiss-Ambler Realty Company, Hubler is requesting Tiffany's autograph. He writes in part: "I trust you will pardon me for addressing you when you are advised as to my motive - the enclosed cutting will explain my object & I assure you I should be greatly pleased to have a few lines in autograph from you & address of your photographs with permit to order. I think you have had a wonderful career... & I join with the many who although strangers wish you many years of happiness..." The great jeweler and patriarch to a family dynasty, Charles Louis Tiffany (1812-1902) was born in Killingly, Connecticut. In 1837 he came to New York City and helped open a successive number of fancy-goods and stationery stores. The capital for the enterprise, $1,000, was lent to the young man by his father. He creatively invested in importing various novel goods, including Chinese curiosities, and later sent business partners abroad to select novelties and establish closer relations with European houses. The firm moved to 271 Broadway in 1847, and then began the manufacture of gold then silver jewelry and silver ware. During the Civil War a large business was carried on in the manufacture of swords and similar articles. His son, Louis Comfort, would build on the firm's reputation as the premier retailer for elegance, style and quality. Sold together with the original transmittal envelope, postmarked Feb 24, 1897, as well as the clipping referred to in the letter featuring a drawing of Tiffany. Normal mailing fold lines, otherwise in Very Good to Excellent condition, with a very impressive appearance. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $464.00
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