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The Unique & Unexpected

When the flamboyant and eccentric seek spectacular collectibles, they turn to Tiffany. In 1868, P.T. Barnum, the circus showman, ordered a miniature jeweled silver horse carriage as a gift for the 2’11” General Tom Thumb and his bride. In 1891, Harry Houdini, magician and escape artist, was presented with a diamond-studded Tiffany pocket watch with a chain made of tiny gold handcuffs. During the Gilded Age, tycoon Diamond Jim Brady frequently commissioned Tiffany to design custom pieces, including a gold chamber pot for his beloved, actress Lillian Russell.

Gold binoculars from the Tiffany archives.

A contemporary sterling silver whistle, oil can and harmonica.

A contemporary golf putter.

Among the many Tiffany designs are delightful pieces with a sophisticated sense of humor.

Elsa Peretti® gold mesh halter top, 1974