model B1925, probably a Codman design, 3 by 2 3/8 inches, heavy, finely cast and in untouched original condition. A museum quality object.
height 6 inches, widest section of base 5 1/8 inches, superb color and condition, monogram "GVL" (?) script obverse. We've bought and sold many Gorham novelty items, but this is certainly among the best of its class...
height and diameter both 1.5 inches, a few minor dents which don't show up well in the photographs but good overall condition, no monogram, marked as one may suspect with the Gorham trademark, sterling, and B4186.
length 13 1/2 inches, weight 5 oz Troy, no monogram. Concerning condition, the handle is ever so slightly off vertical and there are some very minor dents in bowl (please see fourth photo). Both of these issues are difficult for my eye to detect, so I do not feel that they need to be addressed. The bust looks pretty much the way it did when this item left the factory in Providence some hundred forty odd years ago. Last but not least, feel free to use Google Product Search© and compare ...
with engraved faintly gilt blade, the handle circular in section, length 9 1/8 inches, no monogram, excellent condition.
length 4 7/8", excellent condition, monogrammed "L.S.K. / Sept 15 on '91" on reverse of bowl, weight .58 oz. Troy.
This is an especially fine example of Gorham's casting work. The other items pictured above are sold.
length 6 inches, monogrammed reverse "MRC / KC" in period script. There is a tiny drop of hard solder to the left of the word "PENINSULAM," (please see fourth photo) done we suspect in the making, but aside from this the condition is excellent.
length five inches, excellent condition, monogrammed "MC" script reverse of bowl, weight .68 oz Troy. Items with this mark would appear to be scarce.
length 5 3/4 inches, weight 1.07 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition, retailed by Harris and Shafer. The high-relief rendering of Capitol building in bowl lends this spoon an added sculptural quality.
exceptionally colourful, gilt bowl, no monogram, excellent condition save for one small portion of missing blue inlay (see third photo). I hesitate to call this damage. Gorham had significant problems with the enameling process and it may be a slight "second".
length 9 1/4 inches, gilt bowl/tines, excellent original condition, monogrammed "D" (script, obverse), weight 2.23 Troy ounces, retailed by George W. Welsh's son of NYC.
length 10 1/4 inches, weight 5.06 Troy ounces, the gilt blade luxuriously engraved with flowers and foliage, excellent original condition, monogrammed "H.A.G." (script, reverse) see third enlargement.
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7 1/2 inches long, weight 1.74 oz. Troy, excellent condition, gilt bowl, no monogram, retailed by Cox Brothers.
yes, just one lonesome pastry fork and monogrammed ("G" script, obverse) at that, length six inches, fine condition, weight .91 Troy ounces.
length 5 1/2 inches, excellent condition, no monogram.
length 7 3/4 inches, three letter script monogram (reverse) as shown in enlargement number five, exceptionally fine condition, weight 1.36 oz. Troy, the blade well engraved with trailing bellflower decoration.
Let's take a moment to reflect upon why a dealer, or at least Yours Truly, chooses to add an item to inventory.
Over the years, we've handled many many pieces of Martelé, and if you dear reader will forgive me for a bit of crudeness, most of them are "trashed." Specifically, the detail is severely worn away, leaving the beauty of the overall design still appreciable but no longer intact.
Why? Because Gorham made a bit of a bargain with the devil, and used .950 or .9584 silver to...
length 5 3/8 inches, excellent condition, gilt bowl, no monogram, retailed by Hart Brothers. Unlike many of its alleged peers, this one is not "custom made" or "hand crafted" but an original product of Gorham some hundred and twenty-five years old.