As salad became a popular dish with the social elite beginning in the late 18th century, salad servers were needed and thus, introduced. Silver salad servers comprise of a large spoon and a fork of similar stature and shape. The forks and the spoons have the same shape except that the forks have the addition of prongs. Many different types of designs were made for salad servers ranging from the simple to the more elaborate workmanship.
An exquisite pair of vintage Art Deco American Silver Tiffany and Company Salad Servers in the ‘Tomato’ pattern. They retain their original gilding on the front and the back of the bowls which is a nice feature. The spoon and the fork have tapering handles with beading down the stem. Five vertical panels with stylized tomatoes and foliage adds to the beauty of this set. The backs of the salad servers have a monogram ‘PFL’ on them.
The ‘Tomato’ pattern by Tiffany and Co. was designed for the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair. However, this model of the silver salad servers had been designed three years prior by Norwegian designer Olaf Wilford (1894-1980). The ‘Tomato’ pattern was produced in limited numbers until the early 1950’s. It is illustrated in Jewel Stern’s Modernism in American Silver book on page 177.
The American Silver Salad Servers are a great example of Art Deco silver and are marked with the maker’s stamp, as well as the director’s letter m (1907-1947).