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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1377089 (stock #3456f)
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$85.00
This item is a remnant from a period when elegance dominated even the ordinary matters of daily life.

This piece is comprised of cast, pierced, pediment affixed to a 5 1/2" by 3/8", 1.6 T. oz., bar, all of which is solid silver. It was originally made to cap a desk calendar or engagement pad.

Produced by Gorham and stamped with the company's "lion, anchor, G," hallmark, "Sterling," model number "519," and a date symbol for "1894," the form is illustrated in the company's 1892 catalogue i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1379095 (stock #3493f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Identified as a paper cutter in catalogues of its period, this item is typically referred to as a page turner or letter open today.

This large, 11 3/4" long, approximately 3.0 T. oz., solid silver example was made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," model number "B177," and a date symbol for 1898 are stamped on the edge of the handle.

Cast and open, the handle is rococo in design, featuring an asymmetrical array of scrolls, blossoms, and leaves.

The blade is 7...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1338275 (stock #2798f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Part of a desk set made by Gorham, this 9 1/2" long by 3 1/2" wide, weighty at 5.3 T. oz., tray is identified in the company's 1902 catalogue as a "sealing set tray" (see image 2).

It appears to be a pen tray, and is indeed very similar to the item alongside it identified as that, but late Victorian sensibilities provided for separate items for each functional need of the time.

It is particularly handsome and intricately detailed. The motif appears to be taken from English court style, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1371696 (stock #3349f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Measuring 1 3/4" in diameter and 1 3/8" across, and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this is a moderate sized napkin ring.

It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "B2306" are imprinted on the inner wall.

It is engraved "Betty" flanked by "four years old . . . April 3 1904.," which date is consistent with the low tone Art Nouveau style of the piece.

The undulating edges have applied, acanthus leaf pattern rims, while the body has ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360429 (stock #3136f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Bonbonnieres are bonbon spoons set large.

The form was popular in the late 19th century, and no company was more successful in producing impressive examples than Gorham. This example is model number "588" offered by that firm.

It is medium-sized, measuring 6 1/8" long, has a bowl that is roughly 2 3/4" in diameter, and weighs just under 2.0 T. oz.

It is cast rather than die struck, as these forms generally were. Casting allows for the introduction of more intricate detail and great...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1358097 (stock #3094f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Measuring 4 1/2" in diameter and standing 3" high, this circa 1908 dresser jar has a brilliant cut glass base with a solid sterling silver lid that by itself weighs 2.0 T. oz.

It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and model number "D1656" appear on the lower edge of the cover.

The cover is domed and acid etched in a design that includes various blossoms, acanthus leaves, and other elements set against a double band. The area around the etching has a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381828 (stock #3533f)
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A non full line pattern dating from the late 19th century, this oyster or shrimp cocktail fork measures 6" long and weighs approximately .4 T. oz.

The design is decidedly Aesthetic in style, featuring a double twist stem and whimsical circle and ball applied element at the handle end. This is formed from a wound wire, the tail of which trails off into the twisted section.

There are three tines, one of which is hooked and wider than the other two. The front and back side surfaces of the tin...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1360805 (stock #3151f)
Old Friends
$325.00

The handled cup measures 3" high, has a top diameter of 2 5/8", a maximum span of 3 3/4" to the end of the handle, and a 2 3/16" wide underside. It weighs 4.2 T. oz. There is a script "DMC" monogram on the sidewall.

Made by Gorham about 1900, it combines two styles.

First, it falls within the Art Nouveau mode popular during the period. This is expressed in the overall undulating form, and in the sinuous character of the detailing, for example the organic nature of the handle and the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1369077 (stock #3301f)
Old Friends
$295.00
An exceptionally large, all silver, item, this piece measures 12 1/4" long and weighs 4.2 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" hallmark, along with "Sterling" and the model number "B698" are imprinted on one edge, and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." on another edge, it is commonly identified as a page turner or letter opener, but catalogues of its circa 1900 period, label it a paper cutter.

The design is as impressive as the piece itself. It repeats...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1361387 (stock #3163f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates no later than 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz. ice cream server.

It has an oval blade with two ribs in the interior, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1363704 (stock #3202f)
Old Friends
$155.00
Dating from 1861, "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns and was produced for a considerable period of time. As such, it was made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is the latter.

It is an exceptionally large, 12" long, and heavy, nearly 4.5 T. oz., fish slice. At this scale, the shank is thick and the beading high relief.

The blade is elegantly shaped, with a gently curved lower edge, scalloping on the upper end and shoulder, a notched lower corner, and a gent...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1940 item #1355240 (stock #3037f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Measuring 4 3/8" long and relatively heavy at over .8 T. oz., this baby fork was made by Gorham, which name and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Chantilly."

This example likely dates from the second quarter of the 20th century. The handle is curved and engraved in a script "ETR" monogram.

It is in excellent condition, showing no polishing wear and having a bright finish. The four tines remain even, straight, and pointed.

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1369727 (stock #3310f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Model number "B 1464 M," as stamped on the inside edge, made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem" along with the word "Sterling" appears alongside the code number, this napkin ring stands 1 7/8" high and 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs just over 1.0 t. oz.

It has a plain, concave body that is ringed on the top and bottom margins by a series of five, cast, high relief, winged cherub or putti faces.

Childlike in appearance, their mien is consistent with this being a birth or baptism p...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1348507 (stock #2929f)
Old Friends
$285.00
Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter and very weighty at 4.8 T. oz., this child's plate is stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem on the backside, along with "Sterling" and the model number "5240."

It has a 1 1/8" wide, rimmed border that is divided into fourteen panels. Each of these is acid etched in a scene that portrays a different children's rhyme.

These include (see image two for detail):

Jack the Giant Killer

The Merry Hunter

The Wolf and the Lamb

Tom the Piper's Son ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360527 (stock #3140f)
Old Friends
$140.00
This item is a dramatically-scaled, solid silver, ice cream knife or slice. It measures 10 5/8" long and weighs 3.1 T. oz.

The pattern is Gorham's "Colonial," the main feature of which is striping that runs up about two-thirds the length of the handle.

This is more subtle than it appears, as the surface alternates between convex and concave and suggests banding, perhaps of a naturalistic material such as bamboo, which in turn implies an Aesthetic influence, which would be consistent wit...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1324191 (stock #2630f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Dating from 1872, Gorham's "Corinthian" embodies the Classical Revival sensibilities of the period. Architectural in style, it incorporates an anthemion leaf on the handle surmounted by leafy tracery.

The 3/4" deep, nearly round, 2" diameter, bowl with a central vee, flanged shoulders, and slightly tipped lip, on this 6" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce ladle is engraved in a Palmetto leaf motif that is evocative of Egyptian Revival style. The bowl interior also retains most of its original, bright...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372148 (stock #3361f)
Old Friends
$72.00
At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are extra long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether originally intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for over thirty years, beginning in 1861.

As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1352805 (stock #2995f)
Old Friends
$110.00
Standing 5" tall and 3 1/4" wide at the base, this syrup pitcher or jug is model number "1794 D," as stamped on the silver collar. Other marks include the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for "1906."

The body is glass, cut in a flower, perhaps aster or daisy, leaf, and scroll design.

This is all capped with a solid sterling collar with a rolled rim and fitted lid.

The lid has a dome top, a thumb lift attached to a hinge, and is engraved "JMD" in script. ...

 
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