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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342740 (stock #2858f)
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$95.00
Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements.

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

This particular piece stands apart for two reasons...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1381443 (stock #3527f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Large at 7 7/8" long and weighty at 1.4 T. oz., this master butter knife is solid sterling silver.

The pattern is Gorham's "Fleury," which is a floral design very reminiscent of that company's "Buttercup," although the flowers in this instance appear to be wild rose, and in that regard, there is a close parallel with Watson's "Meadow Rose."

All these patterns date from the first decade of the 20th century and show the expressiveness of the Art Nouveau style that was popular in the period...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1357327 (stock #3078f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Replete with imagery, "Florentine" is one of the most intricate designs Gorham produced in the early 20th century.

It features the figure of a bearded man at the handle terminus, a pedestal urn laden with fruit midway up the handle, and an array of other fruit and acanthus leaf elements overall.

This example is a 9" long, very heavy at 4.3 T. oz., berry spoon...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1356086 (stock #3056f)
Old Friends
$160.00
Price for the set of eight.
Each of these eight teaspoons measures 5 3/4" long and is relatively heavy, with the set weighing 6.8 T. oz.

Issued by Gorham in 1882, the pattern is "Fontainebleau," which is a design that features characters from the French Court of Francis I (see image 2 for all the figures). The specific image on these is a woman garbed in a bustled dress, carrying a kettle in one hand and supporting a large cup or mug in the other...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1338438 (stock #2800f)
Old Friends
$40.00
A highly trumpeted design at the time of its introduction in 1880, Gorham's figural "Fontainebleau" quickly established itself as one of the company's foremost patterns, and it remains so today.

This example is a 6" long, just under .9 T. oz., youth fork. It is an early example, stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted" set on the edge of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1323130 (stock #2618f)
Old Friends
$45.00
A multi-motif figural design, "Fontainebleau" was one of several exceptional patterns that Gorham produced in the late 19th century.

This piece is a 6 1/4" long, approximately .9 T. oz., sugar spoon.

It has an elongated, plum-shaped bowl with hatched edge shoulders. The interior has a matte finish.

The handle portrays a maiden in courtly garb, carrying a kettle in one hand and a pitcher and saucer in the other.

It is without a monogram or removal and in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1356997 (stock #3072f)
Old Friends
$68.00
Gorham's "Grecian" was an early line pattern in the history of that company, patented in 1861, as indicated by the stamp on the reverse of this 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon.

Other marks include a "lion, anchor, G," and the name of the retailer, Baltimore's "Geo. Webb & Co."

The design incorporates a large, fan-like, anthemion end attached to a tubular handle. The backside of the anthemion is plain with a leafy border, and never monogrammed...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1351085 (stock #2965f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Measuring 9" long and weighing just under 2.5 T. oz., this item has a large, ovoid bowl that measures 3 3/8" by 2 9/16". It has a flange rim with notched shoulders, pointed tip, and, while similar to a berry, the relatively shallow depth suggests it was likely was a much less common pudding serving spoon...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1378238 (stock #3476f)
Old Friends
$375.00
Gorham produced a great array of items in various forms either side of 1900 in a line which the company designated with an "H" number.

Generally cast, they all bear in common innovative design features, with a preponderance falling within the Art Nouveau style, particularly fine execution and finishing, and often, as in the instance of this massive, 10 1/8" long, 5.1 T. oz., example, commanding presentation...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1367001 (stock #3262f)
Old Friends
$475.00
A dramatic example of Modernist design, Gorham's "No. 791" tea set, commonly identified as "Hibiscus," seems to take its inspiration from early 20th century Danish style as associated with Georg Jensen.

Offered as a three piece set, this is the pot...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1327474 (stock #2659f)
Old Friends
$225.00
A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing a robust 3.1 T. oz., this serving piece is variously identified as a pea, vegetable, or ice spoon. The determinative characteristic of this form is a generously-sized, reticulated bowl, and indeed that is the case with this example in Gorham's "Imperial Chrysanthemum." The piercing in this instance is a leaf design.

The late 19th century pattern is expressive, portraying an abundance of chrysanthemum blossoms and leaves arrayed on both front ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1359437 (stock #3112f)
Old Friends
$18.00
Price per piece, three available.
Classified as Egyptian Revival in style in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as one of the most well-received designs of the period.

This example is a 5 3/16" long, just under .5 T. oz., five o'clock coffee spoon.

This is a particularly elegant item, with a relatively large bowl that is finished in a bright gold wash front and back sides.

The r...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360044 (stock #3122f)
Old Friends
$90.00
One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This example is a large, 8 3/4" long, 1.8 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a scallop shell bowl that has an essentially intact gold wash finish on the interior and an enlarged repeat of the leaf motif on the backside heel.

The handle has a fancy, feathered script "JL" monogram.

It is in outstanding condition. There is minimal polish...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1379221 (stock #3495f)
Old Friends
$165.00
An engaging item with a style that does not readily fall into a single design motif, this cream pitcher or sauce boat has a repousse body that incorporates a variety of repousse leaf, scroll, and lattice work elements which are in part Aesthetic and in part conventional.

Made by Gorham, the underside is stamped with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," model number "540," and a date symbol for "1892."

It measures 5 1/2" from handle end to tip of spout, is bulbous at 2 3/4" wid...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374249 (stock #3409f)
Old Friends
$285.00
One of the most impressive pieces in any given flatware line, Saratoga chip servers are characterized by their very large, deeply cupped and pierced, bowls.

The piercing is what distinguishes them from their similar, kindred but more common and less dramatic in appearance, cracker scoops.

These features are all present in this 8 5/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., example made by Gorham in its 1893 "Luxembourg" pattern.

The design is rococo in nature, featuring an asymmetrical array of scroll and...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1360430 (stock #3137dd)
Old Friends
$185.00
Extravagant items, Saratoga chip servers are characterized by massive, pierced, scoop bowls, which is the case with this example made by Gorham.

The piece measures 8 1/2" long overall and weighs 2.4 T. oz. The scoop itself is 4 1/4" by 3 1/4" by 5/8" deep.

The pattern, "Maryland," dates from the late 19th century, and features design elements including scrolls, acanthus leaves, and a spray of roses. The acanthus leaf detail extends onto the flange shoulders of the bowl, which also has ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1361388 (stock #3164mg)
Old Friends
$445.00
Dating from 1866 as engraved on the sidewall below the name "C.E. Mathews.," this coin silver mustard pot was made by Gorham. That company's "standing lion, anchor, G" mark appears on the underside of the base, along with the model number "510."

It is a large, well-proportioned, and handsome item.

Standing 4 1/4" high, it rests on a pedestal base that is 2" in diameter. The maximum span to the end of the handle is approximately 3 1/4" and the weight is just above 4.5 T. oz.

The bod...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1355455 (stock #3043f)
Old Friends
$345.00
A style mode that provided for a great diversity of expression and innovation, "mixed metal" pieces are among the most commanding of items produced by silver manufacturers during the late 19th century Aesthetic period.

Not surprisingly, the two dominant names in 19th century silver, Gorham and Tiffany, generated the greatest variety of pieces in this medium.

This example was made by Gorham in 1881, as indicated by the date letter imprinted on the backside. Other marks include the compan...

 
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