Thought to be Tiffany's first silver designed in the Japanesque taste, Japanese pattern flatware was patented in 1871 by Edward C. Moore. The handles have individual designs for different pieces and Tiffany's patent described is as 'branches with leaves, buds and flowers of a peculiar kind. Among these branches, twigs and flowers is a bird.' (as quoted in Charles Carpenter, Tiffany Silver, rpt. 1997, p. 161). The flatware pattern was re-issued in 1956 as the Audubon pattern.
As the pieces show French foreign import marks one can speculate that this service may have been shown at the 1878 Exposition Universelle.