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Gorham Mixed Metals Copper Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Ginger Jar

Gorham Mixed Metals Copper Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Ginger Jar
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ABOUT: Gorham copper and mixed metals tea caddy in a ginger jar form with curved and tapering sides in an interesting and period appropriate Japonesque aesthetic design. These pieces were hand made by Gorham silversmiths! Circa 1880s, this piece has a sterling hummingbird that perches off the side, and a sterling grasshopper or cricket standing on granulated copper soil detail. The grasshopper is a symbol of good luck in Japanese culture. There is a bell pepper bush in the center with two life like copper peppers hanging on copper stems and leaves and a sterling silver flower and sterling bud on the top (see condition notes below). The center of the sterling flower is yellow so either gold wash or brass. The lid has a copper berry with sterling stems and leaves. Rich copper patina all over the piece that reflects an almost pink and purple iridescence in some places and a more golden patina in others. No monograms. HALLMARKS: Gorham Co. with the anchor and Y160 on the top side of the base, and the #30 stamped on the bottom side of the base. MEASUREMENTS: It weighs about 300 grams on my little digital scale. It stands about 4 1/8 inches tall to the top of the berry on the lid (just eyeing it with a tape measure). The body is about 3 3/4 inches wide, and a little over 4 inches wide to the edge of the applied fruits. The opening of the jar is 2 1/4 inches, and the flat base diameter is 2 3/4 inches wide. IMPORTANT CONDITION NOTES: There is one area on the side to the right of the hummingbird that has some deeper imperfections. The entire area affected is about an inch and a half circle. Within that circle there are about a dozen pin head indentations - no punctures or holes but gives it a slightly rippled appearance there. Also in that circle there is a shallow impression, maybe about the size of a quarter with another shallow indentation beside it. These areas and some areas around the top have a more golden patina where as other areas of the jar have a more rich / deeper patina. The silver flower on the pepper plant is missing one petal that seems to have broken off. There is a deeper linear utensil scratch with some deeper nicks along the scratch, this is on the smooth back side of the jar. Let me know if you'd like me to send photos, I was only able to show 12 in the listing. I see one shallow impression on the top edge of the lid. There is surface wear, some scuffs and scratching all around and on the base that you can see when studying it because the patina in those areas is lighter. There is dark patina, some verdigris and possibly stubborn polish remnants or grime in the background behind the applied details. It looks dark in some areas, a little greenish in others and then a lighter color like polishing paste stayed behind in other areas. There are some dark spots / discoloration on the base inside the jar that look like a light rust, but it is not raised or rippled, just not polished as smooth / glossy in that area inside. The jar is clean with no dust or loose dirt, but I did not polish it because I did not want to risk losing the beautiful rich copper patina. The Gorham book recommends cleaning with mild soap and water so as not to ruin the patina so that is what I did. There are no dents to the base, the rim and base and rim of the lid are all still perfectly round. The lid slides on and off perfectly (the lid just rests on the base, it does not make a seal / it is not air tight.) All of these condition items I mentioned are not glaringly obvious, but I always like to take the time to study the pieces and report everything I see so there are no surprises. Being that the item is almost 140 years old, a lot of it is age appropriate wear but as with all the estate items in my store - Please note this is not a mint condition item.

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