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, ...
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 particular...
Identified in company catalogs of the period (see image 2) as a "bread" fork, it is commonly identified today for toast, all of which is a small distinction.
The piece is hollow, with an elaborate scroll design that is the same on both sides of the handle and three, one straight and two curved, tines.
Without a monogram or r...
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...
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...
Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the inside, it is model number "673" which is also imprinted on the interior, along with the word "Sterling."
Dating circa 1880, it is Aesthetic or Eastlake in style, engraved in a pattern that is part foliate and part stylized.
It has a fancy, feathered script, "HMR" monogram.
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...
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...
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...
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.
Highly detailed, the imagery is iconic. The bowl portrays the Chicago Herald building constructed in 1891, which date appears on the lower portion of the handle. There is a pennant that reads "Herald" flying from the flagpole atop the building.
Close inspection reveals a figure standing on a pediment placed on a...
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 ...
Price for the set of four.
Typically identified as a demitasse spoon, catalogs of the period commonly call this size a coffee spoon. True demitasse spoons can be considerably smaller.
The pattern is "Cluny" which bespeaks the French origins of its renowned designer, Antoine Heller. The pattern features dense, high...
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...
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...
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. ...
This example is a 4 3/16" long, relatively weighty .8 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.
A muli-motif floral design drawing from Aesthetic sensibilities, this pair features what appear to be peony blossoms, leaves, and branches.
The detailing is extensive, with a textured background adding character and depth to the overall imagery.
It is qui...
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. One is the quite spectacular p...