Its style as well sets it apart as it is unlike anything else Gorham produced, or any other manufacturer for that matter, with the exception of Towle's "Spider" which has a very similar form.
It is in the Aesthetic mode and likely dates c. 1880. The rounded, swooping handle has a scalloped upper edge ...
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 ...
It is stamped "Gorham & Co.," "Patent 1861" and "Coin" on the backside of the blade, and is engraved "Bertha" in Old English lettering on the front of the handle.
Solid silver, it has a flat handle and blunt end blade. The pattern is raised and appears on both sides of the handle.
It is in very good condition, free of polishing wear and with a blade that is free of nicks or burrs. There are ligh...
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...
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...
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...
"Isis" was a major figure in the pantheon of ancient Egyptian deities. She is represented in this pattern by a pair of outstretched wings with a curled snake between them, which is a motif drawn from ancient sources.
This example is a 7 3/8" long, ...
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...
The pattern is "Lady Washington" by Gorham. Dating from the 1870s, it is relatively early in the stable of the company's full line flatware designs.
It features an elegant and refined looking central female bust in profile. This is surrounded by swags, drapery, and trailing garlands of ivy vines and leaves. Th...
It dates from the late Art Nouveau period, as indicated by the "Pat. 1907" imprinted on the back of the handle. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G," emblem, and "Sterling."
Pieces in this line tend to be large scaled, and that is the case with...
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.
Its age is further evidenced by the inscription on the reverse, which reads in fine script le...
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. It ...
An early, coin silver, example of Gorham's "Grecian," this piece is marked "Patent 1861," with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and "Shreve, Stanwood & Co.," which was a predecessor f...
Each, two available
This line was made to an elevated standard of die work and finish. The portraiture is highly textured, the detail is precise, and the finishing is exemplary.
The piece measures 5 5/8" long and weighs a substantial 1.0 T. oz.
There is no monogram or removal and the condition is outstanding. Apart from light surface scratches in the bowl,...
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Offerings in this line were made to a higher standard of finish and refinement than general production items, and that is the case in this instance.
The handles are a tipt backside "Old English" design while the fronts are acid etched with a "Humpty Dumpty" figure on the spoon and "Sim...