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 Charles Lewis Tiffany

Charles Lewis Tiffany

Birth
Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
Death 18 Feb 1902 (aged 90)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 65, Lot 619
Memorial ID 1035 · View Source
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Businessman. He was the founder of Tiffany and Company in New York City, New York, that specialized in the manufacturing of jewelry. He was also responsible for creating the first retail catalog used in the United States. Born in Killingly, Connecticut, his father owned a cotton mill and also ran a small general store that he helped to manage when he was 15 years old, later working in the office of his father's mill. In 1837 he borrowed $1,000 from his father and he, along with a school friend, John B. Young, established a small stationery and gift shop in New York City, selling glassware, porcelain, cutlery, clocks and jewelry. In 1841 the store expanded, changing its name to Tiffany, Young and Ellis, specializing in Bohemian glass and porcelain, as well as making its own jewelry. It soon established a reputation for selling only the finest goods. In the early 1850s, the company reorganized under the name Tiffany and Company, opening branches in London, England and Paris, France, and relocated to an uptown Fifth Avenue location in New York City. He was responsible for introducing the term "sterling" to the United States when he adopted the English silver standards in 1851. One of his greatest achievements was teaming up with the renowned inventor, Thomas Edison, and creating footlights and other methods of lighting theaters. This resulted in the increased popularity of Broadway and other shows during that time. In 1886 his company introduced what is known as the "Tiffany Setting,' a six-prong diamond solitaire setting, allowing the stone to receive maximum light, resulting in maximum brilliance. In 1887 the company acquired and sold some of the French crown jewels, an important acquisition that established its reputation for selling quality and one of a kind jewelry. He died in Yonkers, New York at the age of 90. At the time of his death, he company was worth more than $2 million and was acknowledged as the most prominent jewelry company in North America. His son, Louis Comfort Tiffany, became famous for his work as a jewelry designer as well as his work with decorative stained glass.

Bio by: William Bjornstad



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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1035
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Lewis Tiffany (15 Feb 1812–18 Feb 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1035, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .