There is an entire chapter in Lincoln's Labels: Best Known Brands and the Civil War about the interesting and important role that Tiffany & Co. played in the Civil War. Tiffany’s set aside its world renowned bracelets and brooches and made way in its store for swords, flags, and medals…one wartime Tiffany salesman wrote in his diary that “business in the diamond department is slow, but we are very busy in gold braid and cutlery”
That said, they didn't completely set aside their other finery and they were often the first stop for the upper class when it came to special and expensive wedding gifts.
During the Civil War, there were many high-profile weddings, but at least two really stand out for the prominence of the bride and groom and also for the contributions that Tiffany's made to the wedding in either gifts or jewelry.
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Wedding #1 - This wedding took plac in 1863 between a Washington socialite who married a New England governor. Abraham Lincoln attended the reception! The groom purchased a Tiffany jewelry set for his new bride of diamonds and pearls that set him back more than $50,000! Who were the bride and groom?
Wedding #2 - This wedding also took place in 1863. The groom was a "General" and his best man was a "Commodore" who had once wooed the bride but lost the contest. President Lincoln did not attend the wedding but did receive the newly-married copule at the White House. Tiffany and Co. gave the couple a beautiful silver carriage as a wedding gift. Who were the bride and groom?