Tiffany & Co., Makers Register

Tiffany & Co. was founded in 1837 by Charles Tiffany. Tiffany & Co. sold silver, jewelry, stained glass, and clocks among other fancy goods. Most goods were imported at first, but as time passed, Tiffany began to make many items in house, in their own shops, with skilled craftsmen of their own employ. In 1879 Tiffany & Co., under the direction of Joseph Lindauer, Master Clock Maker, and George Paulding Farnham, Head Designer, began to produce clocks under the name Tiffany & Co., Makers.

During the period 1879 to 1910 Tiffany & Co., Makers produced 829 custom made clocks of various styles. Of these 829 clocks, 28 were clocks that struck ship’s bell chime. Most of these were made for yachts, however some were made for installation in buildings. Lindauer died in 1895 and his son took over as Tiffany’s clockmaker. With the elevation of Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1903 to owner of Tiffany & Co., Farnham was pushed out of the design position he had held for many years. The combination of these two events spelled the end of the in-house clock shop for Tiffany & Co., Makers and by 1910 all in house production ceased. The Tiffany & Co., Makers Register on this website is a list of the 28 Ship’s Bell clocks made by Tiffany Makers. Examples of these 28 clocks are shown here displaying the wide variety of design.


Serial Number Year Made Production Cost Purchaser Notes
42 1880 $52.97 John R. Andrews
43 1880 $106.06 stock ship's bell
81 1889 $83.30 stock movementĀ 
99 1881 $41.96 Pierre Lorillard
102 1882 No entry stock most likely a set of three, #102, #103, #104
103 1881 No entry stock most likely a set of three, #102, #103, #104
104 1881 No entry stock most likely a set of three, #102, #103, #104
190 1882 $238.30 William B. Weld Bracket clock, dragon hands, calendar, moon phase for Yacht Gitana
200 1882 $131.90 A. Padeford
264 1883 $200.00 C. H. Simmons
278 1883 $106.46 G. Lockwood most likely matches #279
279 1883 $106.46 stock most likely matches #278
324 1884 $120.00 stock
325 1884 $111.59 stock
326 1884 $115.28 stock
371 1885 $23.31 stock movement with dragon hands. for hotel
433 1887 $90.00 stockĀ 
434 1887 $129.00 stock
438 1887 $106.00 stock
439 1888 $90.81 stock, oral history Frederick W. Vanderbilt Art Neuvo carved bronze case. dragon hands, for Yacht Conqueror
488 1888 $89.74 stock movement, most likely matches #489
489 1888 $89.74 stock movement, most likely matches #488
581 1889 $154.06 Hugh D. Auchincloss Bronze clock and Barometer with cast dolphins for Auchincloss Yacht Katrina
683 1892 $399.00 E. Townsend includes barometer
730 1897 $330.00 William Randolph Hearst
776 1902 $75.00 Howard Gould
805 1907 $150.00 Frank J. Hecker Yacht Halcyon, As per Mr. Farnham, most likely matches #808.
808 1908 $150.00 stock With calendar, most likely matches #805.


 
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