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...
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.
Several years ago when Gorham was still in the Providence area and owned by Brown Forman, they decided to reissue some popular early patterns. We bought this piece "new and in the bag," though not directly from the factory. It has seen no use since then (1995 or so) and is in pristine condition. Length 9 inches, 3.06 oz. Troy, mark "Gorham Sterling." It is well worth a quick look at our third enlargement to see what a piece of Medallion flatware looks like, when freshly struck...
Yes, just one lonesome spoon in spite of the fact that you see eight pictured above, and it's a bit substandard at that with some small dents in the bowl and a slightly uneven edge of same, length 5 7/8 inches, monogrammed "Maria". To reflect both these sad issues and our troubled times, the price is unabashedly cheap.
length 4 1/4 inches, no monogram, the gilt bowl is a bit splotchy but otherwise in fine condition.
gilt bowl, no monogram, fine condition, length nine inches, weight 2.74 oz. Troy.
with high relief cast bust of Van Dyck, length 9 inches, weight 3.24 Troy ounces, no monogram. Truly one of Antoine Heller's greatest designs, and among Gorham's most sculptural patterns.
There is a file cut (visible from side and reverse only; see fourth photo) which we've pictured in excruciating detail, and some light pitting on the blade which we've mostly polished out and probably will address a bit more, as time allows. Aside from this, the condition is excellent.
with applied wirework in the form of a watchspring trailing down into the twist handle. 7 3/8 inches; good condition, no monogram.
with riotous chrysanthemum decoration, height 1 1/2; diameter 1 3/4 inches, weight 1.34 Troy ounces, model number 1351, date letter "n" (1881), superb condition, monogrammed "Hattie."
souvenir spoon, retailed and designed by Bailey Banks & Biddle, length 5 inches, monogrammed on reverse of bowl "B / 1892", very good condition.
length 5 3/8 inches, no monogram, exemplary original condition, weight 1.00 oz. Troy. For those who might not be familiar with the design and production of these small sculptures cast in silver, we would commend to you the excellent chapter on same in Carpenter's "Gorham Silver".
length 8 1/2 inches, weight 2.8 Troy ounces, no monogram, a few minor knife cuts on the tines (ask us very nicely and we'll polish these out a bit) but excellent overall condition.
If ever an item cried out to be given as a wedding gift, this it.
Most every culture has a version of, well, corn meal mush. In Italy, it's polenta. Among the Native American tribes of Florida, sofkee would be the name, and this spoon designed by Greenleaf and Crosby circa 1900 is supposedly a scale model of such a porridge-making utensil. Length 5 3/8 inches, no monogram, excellent condition, weight .79 oz Troy.
2 5/8 by 1 1/4 inches, excellent condition, no monogram, weight .56 oz. Troy, marked with Gorham trademark and model number 12. Cast, not stamped, this is a faithful high quality antique reproduction of a Georgian bottle ticket.
length 8 1/4 inches, weight 1.05 oz Troy, fine condition, monogrammed .
5 3/4 inches, excellent condition, no monogram, marked with Gorham trademark and "copyrighted".
length 5 3/4+ inches, some light pattern wear (reverse, see third photo) but fine overall condition, monogrammed, marked with Gorham trademark and "Copyrighted".