At the time of its creation, it had three power houses going for it: George Paulding Farnham, its designer, George Frederick Kunz, Tiffany & Co’s gemologist who chose all the gems for the piece, and Louis Comfort Tiffany, who was the Art Director at the time. They created this piece to represent a combination of science and art. One of their main goals was to showcase the mineral wealth of the United States, so the star components used to create this piece are found in the United States.
Second, you may not realize this, but it’s actually made, in part, of steel- blued steel to be exact. It’s one of the ways that they combined science and art. The steel industry was going strong in America, so to showcase that natural material found in the country, George Paulding Farnham decided to showcase it as the metal used to house the sapphires.
Henry Walters purchased the corsage from the 1900 Paris World’s Fair for which it was created for $7,939. It has been part of Henry Walter’s collection since and still resides in the Walter’s Art Museum in Baltimore, MD. It can be seen FOR FREE every day except Monday and Tuesday along with many other treasures.