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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1212625 (stock #1765f)
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Made by Gorham in 1868 according to the date letter stamped on the underside, along with lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the model number "500," and retailed by Chicago's "N. Matson & Co., this coffee pot is an outstanding representation of American silver production at a time of great expansionism for both the nation and the Gorham company.

It is a large item, standing 9" to the top of the finial, having a maximum span of 8 3/4", and weighing 26.8 T. oz. It holds a full 7 cups, i.e...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1247806 (stock #2050f)
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$85.00
Measuring 12 1/4" long, this carving knife made by Gorham is unusual on several counts.

First, it is early for this sort of thing. It is stamped with a date letter for 1874. Other marks include the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the number "5."

Second, the handle is not a standard pattern. It is a plain, rounded end shape with a satin matte surface...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1283197 (stock #2352f)
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$225.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1263287 (stock #2219f)
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$210.00
Model number "1815" as stamped on the underside, and having a date symbol for 1890, this 5" tall vase was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling" appears along with the other marks. If was originally offered as part of a desk set, according to a Gorham catalog of the period (see image 3).

The main body is 3" in diameter and sits on a rimmed base that is 2" across. The splayed, trumpet-shaped, neck is divided into two sections each bordered by beading...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1165739 (stock #1397fb)
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$365.00
Measuring 4 3/4" in diameter, standing 2 1/2" high, and weighing a very substantial 9.9 T. oz., this bowl is item number A7815 made by Gorham according to the marks on the underside. Its purpose is uncertain, being much larger than a standard child's dish, one possibility. It could be a christening bowl. In any case, it was presented to "Harry M. Stevens" on "December 25 - 1909" according to the script inscriptions that appear on the upper wall below the rim...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1212500 (stock #1764f)
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$375.00
This mug made by Gorham about 1900 combines two style features.

First, it falls within the Art Nouveau style 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 stem and leaf elements that are applied to the body...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1232623 (stock #1917f)
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$125.00
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 to 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling, or earlier.

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 bottom, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1193546 (stock #1609f)
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$195.00
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 and tactile.

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

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1272737 (stock #2281f)
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$175.00
Gorham catalogs either side of the turn of the twentieth century illustrate items similar to this 9" diameter, 3 1/2" piece and identify them as "berry bowls." They have brilliant cut glass bodies with applied sterling silver rims.

This example is model number "D453M" as imprinted on the edge of the rim. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1903. The rim is plain save for a beaded edge where it abuts the glass.

This is a particularly...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1283041 (stock #2350f)
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$45.00
A requisite item for a Victorian lady, this bonnet or hat brush was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the handle. Other marks include "Sterling," the model number "C159," and the date emblem for "1898."

It measures 6 1/2" by 3 1/2". The natural bristles themselves are 2 3/4" long.

The design is an opulent floral and scroll motif, featuring both roses and asters or daisies.

It is in very fine condition. The handle is free of dents, splits, or pinholes, wh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1190295 (stock #1580f)
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$175.00
A popular form during most of the second half of the 19th century, this c. 1870 sterling silver olive server has a spoon on one end and a fork on the other.

It measures 9 5/8" long and weighs 1.0 T. oz. Made by Gorham, and stamped with that company's lion, anchor, G hallmark, as well as "Sterling," it also carries the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow, Kennard & Co."

It has a twisted stem with a shield like detail toward the fork end. This is monogrammed "S" in Old English letter...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1214477 (stock #1779f)
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$32.00
At 4 3/8" long and weighing nearly .7 T. oz., this pair of sugar tongs are the smaller of two versions offered in Gorham's "Chantilly" line. They are also old, stamped with the Gorham lion, anchor, G, along with the word "Sterling." They carry the retail stamp "J.A. Merrill & Co.," "Portland, Me."

The grips are decoratively detailed and especially appealing.

The piece is in mint condition and without a monogram or removal. They are without wear or damage, and have a finely finished su...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1148995 (stock #1255fa)
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$165.00
What design elements prompted Gorham to adopt the name "Colonial" for this 1885 design is something of a mystery because it does not follow after any conventional colonial motif.

The main feature of the pattern is striping that runs up about two-thirds 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. This in turn implies an Aesthetic influence, which would be con...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1236665 (stock #1953f)
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$38.00
Although named "Colonial," this design by Gorham exhibits the Aesthetic sensibilities of its 1885 patent date. A simple design, the tapered handle appears to portray (perhaps grass) strapping. The end is rounded, and in the instance of this 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., youth knife, engraved in a script "MFN" monogram.

This in in very good condition. The blunt-end blade is flat and even, and free of burrs, bends, or nicks. Apart from light surface scratches consistent with age, there is no evi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1113898 (stock #988f)
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$115.00
Measuring 8 7/8" long and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this berry or serving spoon was made by Gorham and stamped with that company's lion, anchor, G symbol. Other marks include Patent 1871 and Sterling.

The pattern is Corinthian. Apropos of the name, it has a fan or leaf design element akin to Gorham's Grecian patented in 1861, but overall is Moorish in feel. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle.

The bowl is plum shaped, with a central rib, flanged ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1155631 (stock #1312fr)
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$165.00
Stamped with the Gorham lion, anchor, G, "Pat. 71," and "Sterling," this 5 5/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., cream ladle is a fine period piece.

The pattern is "Corinthian," which falls generally in a Moresque style with, as implied by the name, a nod toward classical Greek design.

The piece is a form commonly referred to as a "bucket ladle." The term derives from the shape of the bowl which is this case is 7/8" deep and 1 1/2" across at the top. The sidewalls are tapered and the interior is fini...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1207723 (stock #1728f)
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$32.00
One of Gorham's earliest and most enduring patterns, dating from 1861, "Cottage" takes its design inspiration from French antecedents. Otherwise relatively plain, it has a double lined border with scroll detailing midway up the handle and at the tip.

This example is a 5" long, quite heavy at nearly .6 T. oz., mustard ladle. It has a round, matte finish bowl that retains portions of its original gold wash. The front side of the handle has a large, Old English style "h" monogram. The backs...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1184445 (stock #1535f)
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$225.00
A 19th form, this cake knife aka cake saw (taken from the sawtooth top edge of the blade), is 9 3/8" long and weighs 2.4 T. oz. It is flat handled and solid silver. The pattern is "Domestic," by Gorham, dating from 1881. It features intricate ivy detailing, with a small bee and dragonfly beside a central rosette, and a fan end. It is a pastoral and charming design, and touches upon the aesthetic mode with the insect figures. The blade has a matte finish and bright cut engraving that reitera...
 
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