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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1394248 (stock #3750f)
Old Friends
$325.00
Illustrated and identified in Gorham's 1888 catalogue as an "olive spoon and fork," this 12" long, 2.0 T. oz., piece embodies the aesthetic sensibilities of the period, evidenced by its naturalistic form.

The full length of the handle is nubby, slightly twisted, and stem like. The bowl is virtually a leaf, with piercings that resemble veins, and a surface that is engraved with additional leaves.

The applied olive and two leaves attached to the stem appear to grow out of it, and appear full...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1400423 (stock #3861f)
Old Friends
$75.00
Replete with design elements that are expressive of its name, Gorham's "Old Baronial" incorporates acanthus leaves, clusters of fruit, a shell, and commandingly, a lion's face at the tip of the handle end.

This example of the pattern is a solid silver tomato server that measures 6 3/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.6 T. oz.

The defining feature of the piece is an approximately 2 5/8" by 2 5/8", flat, reticulated server, with in this instance, raised shoulders with high relief acanthus le...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1373000 (stock #3386f)
Old Friends
$265.00
Although commonly referred to as "Old English," this pattern is identified in the Gorham archives as "Old English." It follows after an early English pattern that is characterized by a flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank. The disk has a knurled edge, and in this case is engraved with an "E.N.T." monogram.

Almost never marked, it frequently goes unrecognized for what it is, namely coin silver produced by the above maker. Wood & Hughes made a nearly identical pattern with t...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360747 (stock #3149f)
Old Friends
$200.00
Price for the set of eight.
This set of eight, matched, teaspoons in Gorham's "Old Medici" are early items, stamped with a "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted."

Each one measures 5 11/16" long. They are hefty, with the group weighing 7.5 T. oz.

"Old Medici" is an intricate, figured design, the main one of which on these is a woman holding a bucket. There is also a satyr set midway on the handle.

The backsides have an "N" monogram offered in a manner that imitates an Eastern character. This f...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359584 (stock #3115f)
Old Friends
$120.00
Price for the pair.
This two piece set is large, with the knife measuring 14" long and the fork 10 7/8", and often referred to as banquet size. The sterling silver handle on the knife is 5" and the one on the fork, 4 3/4".

The pattern is Gorham's old "Medici," which is an intricate design that features Renaissance period figures, including in this instance a woman carrying a bundle of fruit in her skirt, as well as satyr and gryphon images

These are particularly early examples, marked "lion, anchor, G," "S...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1392269 (stock #3714f)
Old Friends
$32.00
Price per piece, two available.
Issued early in the 20th century, Gorham's "Poppy" was an expressive iteration of this popular floral motif.

The design incorporates numerous blossoms and buds along with trailing leaves on both sides of the handle and the heel reverse.

This example is a 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., grapefruit or citrus spoon. It has a lengthy, narrow, deep, bowl with a flange rim and pointed tip, which is finished in a bright gold wash front and back.

The handle has a delicate script "CLM" monogram on the fr...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1392992 (stock #3726f)
Old Friends
$315.00
A numbered design, "610," this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection spoon (as identified in an 1892 Gorham catalogue), was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

Incorporating regal iconography, the tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in flowing robes.

The bowl is fig-shaped, and imprinted in the ce...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1396942 (stock #3793f)
Old Friends
$68.00
An early example of a line issued in 1875, this 6" long, weighty at 1.5 T. oz., sauce ladle is marked "Pat. Appl. For," along with "Sterling" and Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem.

The pattern, "Raphael," is Renaissance Revival in style, with a strongly Moorish influence.

Essentially non-figural, it does incorporate a bird with raised wings in the midpoint of the handle, just below the shield-shaped reserve area that is monogrammed "HWS" in Old English lettering.

The deep, oval bowl has...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1369453 (stock #3306f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Relatively large, this inkwell stands 4 1/8" high and has a base diameter of 2 3/4". The body is brilliant period cut glass with a 1/2" wide silver band around the bottom, and with a silver collar and spherical cap.

It is model number "S623," as stamped below the hinge, along with "Sterling." Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" hallmark appears on the underside of cap, as well as "Sterling" and a date symbol for "1890." All these marks repeat on the lower rim, save the date symbol there is for 188...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1382940 (stock #3551f)
Old Friends
Auction
Definitely a product of the Gilded Age, this 6 5/8" long, 2.2 T. oz., glove stretcher bespeaks a refined lifestyle.

This example is model number "5" by Gorham, and so identified by marks on the inside of the handle, which also include the word "Sterling" and a date symbol for "1889."

One other imprint by the pin that holds the two pieces together reads "Pat. 75," which no doubt is a reference to the spring mechanism that controls the pivoting arms.

The design on the hollow but all silve...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1920 item #1395321 (stock #3770f)
Old Friends
$68.00
This liquor tag was produced by Gorham in 1910, stamped on the reverse with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, a date symbol for the year, the word "Sterling," and the letters "TGR," indicating this is special order (or sample) item.

It is an unusual piece in several regards.

First is the above noted fact that, as a special order, it is essentially one of a kind, or few at most. Second is its size, which is large for this sort of item, measuring 3" by 1 1/2", and weighing approximately ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1357627 (stock #3083f)
Old Friends
$365.00
Price for the set of twelve.
This full set of twelve identical spoons all measure 5 3/4" long and are relatively heavy, with the group weighing 11.0 T. oz., and have the same, Old English "M.F.P." monograms on the reverses.

They are unusual form with narrow, 1 7/8" long by 15/16" at the widest, deep at 3/8", bowls with oval tips and gold finishes both front and back sides.

They are clearly distinct from typical citrus or orange spoons but are likely to be used for eating fruit.

The pattern is Gorham's "St. Cloud...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1362159 (stock #3180f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, along with "Sterling" and "Pat 1885," this 5 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., youth fork once belonged to "Gladys," whose name is engraved in script on the backside.

The pattern is "St. Cloud," one of the outstandingly successful designs produced by Antoine Heller in his long and consequential career with Gorham.

It is in very good condition. The dense leaf and shell motif remains well-defined, showing minimal polishing wear. The tines remain straigh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1402405 (stock #3893f)
Old Friends
$38.00
Price per piece, two available.
Having four tines, the lower one of which is wider than the others, and hooked, and with a bell shaped cut in the heel, this 6" long, 1.1 T. oz. piece is a pastry fork.

The pattern is Gorham's figural "Versailles," introduced in 1888.

An old example, the piece is marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling," and shows traces of an original gold wash on the tine area.

The backside has an Old English "B" monogram.

In excellent condition, this retains clear pattern detai...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384684 (stock #3581f)
Old Friends
$38.00
A very early example of Gorham's multi-motif "Versailles," this piece is stamped on the heel backside with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Copyrighted '88."

It is a 6" long, 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon with an oval, flange edge, generously proportioned, plain bowl.

The figure is a cherub holding a lyre.

Never monogrammed, it is in very good condition, retaining clear pattern detail and having a soft, even finish. The bowl is free of dents or bends, but does show lig...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1368543 (stock #3290f)
Old Friends
$24.00
Price per piece, three available.
Introduced in the first years of the twentieth century, Gorham's "Virginiana" quickly gained popularity, and remains a sought after pattern today.

An Art Nouveau design, it features poppy blossoms, leaves, and complementary trailing elements set in textured, high relief, detail.

This example is a 4 3/4" long, relatively heavy at nearly .6 T. oz., egg spoon.

It has an ovoid bowl with a gold wash interior, and is monogrammed with an Old English "E" on the handle.

It is in superb es...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1372177 (stock #3366f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Dating to the earliest decades of Gorham's history, these six, matched, coin silver, spoons are marked "Gorham & Webster," for a partnership that traces to 1831-37.

Each one measures 7 1/2" long, which is an unusual size by contemporary convention in that it is lengthier than a dessert spoon but not quite as long as a tablespoon. In their time, when large scale was favored, these would have served as standard place pieces.

They have a substantial feel, although they weigh marginally les...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1392016 (stock #3711f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Lengthy at 11 1/8," and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this fish slice traces to Baltimore, 1855-58.

It is marked for the partnership of "Gould, Stowell & Ward," which was one of the associations in which James Gould, born 1795 in Salem, Massachusetts, participated as a principal.

Other marks are "Baltimore," "Patent 1850," and "11-12," for the local assay mark, which at .917 is midway between coin and sterling silver.

The pattern is a "Grape" or "Grapevine" on something of an "Olive" background ...

 
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