The Death of Mrs. Charles L. Tiffany
Harriet Olivia Avery Young Tiffany, the wife of Charles L. Tiffany, the famous jewelry merchant, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, at her home, 255 Madison Ave., New York. Mrs. Tiffany was 80 years old. She was born in Killingly, Conn., which was also the birthplace of Mr. Tiffany, and was the daughter of Judge Ebenezer Young and sister of J. B. Young, Mr. Tiffany’s first partner. Mr. and Mrs. Tiffany were married Nov. 30, 1841, and their life has been a long Summer of prosperity. The fortune of the head of the family is reckoned in the millions, and their domestic life has been placid and happy. Their children living are four—Louis Comfort Tiffany, the elder son, whose fame as a water color artist is considerable, and who is at the head of the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Co.; a second son, Burnett Young Tiffany, who holds an important position in the Tiffany store, and two daughters, Annie Olivia, the wife of Alfred Mitchell, and Louise Harriet Tiffany. Charles Lewis, Jr., the first born, died at the age of four, and Henry Charles, the third son, died when a year old.
Mr. and Mrs. Tiffany have always lived in a style which may be considered extremely modest, in view of the great and constantly growing wealth which has been at their command. Some years ago Mr. Tiffany built a large and quaint mansion at 72d St. and Madison Ave., intending to make it his home; but when it was completed both he and Mrs. Tiffany decided that they could be more content in the old house in which they had lived for many years in Madison Ave., near 39th St. The new mansion was occupied by Louis C. Tiffany and his sister, Mrs. Mitchell. Mrs. Tiffany was four years younger than her husband, whose friends celebrated the 85th anniversary of his birth in February last. Their golden wedding was celebrated in 1891. Mrs. Tiffany retained the sprightliness and vivacity of youth until long past middle life, and even in her later years her activity was remarkable. She had a charming, motherly face, and a disposition of great sweetness. Neither she nor Mr. Tiffany indulged greatly in the more modern society functions, but both nave been extremely fond of old fashioned, simple sociability.
The funeral took place from her late residence on Friday. The services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Rudd, the assistant pastor of the Madison Square Presbyterian Church. They were extremely simple, consisting of two prayers, reading of the Scriptures and but one hymn, “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” which was sung by the Madison Square Church quartet. The casket was covered with a mantle of white carnations, with a bank of roses at the foot. The interment followed at Greenwood.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 24th November 1897