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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1970 item #1366291 (stock #3250f)
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$80.00
The design on this piece is variously identified as "Acadia" or "Blok," or sometimes combined, with or without a hyphen.

The pattern was introduced in 1934 (one source offers 1931), although the mark on this 4 1/8" long, substantial weight, .8 T. oz. tea caddy spoon, "Georg Jensen in an oval of dots" over "Sterling" and "Denmark," was used from 1945 onward, so it dates between then and the 1970s when production was discontinued.

Deceptively simple in design, the pattern features a slight...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1387869 (stock #3636f)
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$95.00
Measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing just over 2.0 T. oz., this piece is a berry scoop or shovel.

Marked "Berry & Co. Baltimore," for that city's firm with working dates 1880-94 according to Maryland Silver published by the Baltimore Museum of Art, and "Sterling," the pattern is a finely engraved flower and leaf design on the tipt back handle. This is interpreted in an Aesthetic manner, set against a satin matte finish.

The engraving repeats in an enlarged representation in the scallo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1384354 (stock #3575bb)
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$585.00
An unusual design, but very much reflective of its 1872 date, this bowl measures 7" at the widest, has a top opening that is 5" across, sits on a 4" footed base, stands 2" tall, has a bulbous middle section, and weighs a substantial 10.8 T. oz. (please see both sets of images).

It was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem, appears on the underside, along with model number "170," "Sterling," and date letter "L."

The bottom rim has a repeating leaf and flower design that conforms to...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1376636 (stock #3449f)
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$115.00
Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements, all evident on this 9 3/8" long, just over 3.0 T. oz., serving spoon.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. In addition, the dense floral clusters employ imagery similar to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller, who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

Lastly, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1376333 (stock #3444f)
Old Friends
$135.00
This sterling silver bowl is model number "2385" made by Gorham in 1881, all documented in the marks on the underside of the flat bottom.

It measures 2" tall to the rim, 2 3/4" at the highest point of the arms, has a body that is 3 1/2" wide, 5 1/4" handle tip to handle tip, 2 3/8" across on the bottom, a top opening of 2 3/4", and weighs 4.6 T. oz.

Likely a sugar bowl, it stands on its own.

Elegantly understated in design, the body is cauldron shaped with a sawtooth edge rim, and has...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360477 (stock #3138f)
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$110.00
An early example of Gorham's "Versailles," this 5 1/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., confection spoon (similar to bon bon or nut) is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the definitive "Copyrighted '88" that is indicative of first run production.

The form is unusual in that the serving end is oriented sideways to the handle, with an upraised, flange edge on the right, and a smooth lip on the left. The interior is extensively pierced, while the entire surface front and back sides...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1368851 (stock #3297f)
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$185.00
Price for the pair.
Stamped with the model number "3315" along with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and date symbol for 1890, this sugar and creamer are breakfast or tete-a-tete size.

The sugar stands 4" high to the top of the swing handle, and rises 2" from the 2" diameter rim base to the edge of the rim which is 3 3/4" across. It weighs approximately 3.4 T. oz.

The pitcher is 3 3/8" tall, 3" across to the handle tip, has a 1 1/2" rimmed base, and weighs 3.0 T. oz.

The design is a stu...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1379095 (stock #3493f)
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$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 : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1371696 (stock #3349f)
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$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)
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$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 : 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 : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1383147 (stock #3554f)
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A large, 10 1/2" wide by 2" tall, and weighty at 15.1 T. oz., this item is aptly described as a centerpiece or console bowl, as it is of a caliber to serve as a prominent display item.

It is sterling silver, model "4805A" made by Gorham in 1907, all of which information is indicated by the marks on the underside.

It is decidedly Art Nouveau in style, featuring raised wild rose blossoms and trailing stems arrayed on an undulating rim. The quality of the design and execution are such that th...

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 : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1389183 (stock #3663f)
Old Friends
$135.00
One of Gorham's earliest coin silver master salts, this is also an exceptionally fine example of the form.

Model number "18," as identified on the underside, along with the rare "left lion" version of Gorham's hallmark, the word "Coin," and the name of the retailer, "W.H. Talbot & Co.," (more commonly spelled "Talbott") of Indianapolis.

This is large, measuring 3" by 2 1/4" by 1 5/8" high, and robust weight at just over 2.4 T. oz.

These dimensions are all consistent with those offered...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382458 (stock #3543dd)
Old Friends
$45.00
An extremely rare item in the original, this 6 3/4", 1.0 T. oz., example of a corn fork is an older, custom made, or adapted, piece of old "Chantilly" marked "lion, anchor, G," along with "Sterling," "Pat. 1895," and "T," which is a weight designation meaning "trade."

The multi-tine, reticulated serving end is quite faithful to the original, although there are subtle differences that distinguish it.

It is in flawless estate condition, and without a monogram or removal. The finish is bright...

 
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