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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1212625 (stock #1765f)
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$1,695.00
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)
Old Friends
$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 #1263287 (stock #2219f)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1147851 (stock #1241fe)
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$85.00
Gorham issued a series of engraved patterns c. 1880 on an "Antique" blank. This 7 1/2" long, quite heavy, 2.3 T. oz., gravy ladle is an example from that line. It has a satin matte surface with engraving that includes a stylized palmetto leaf, rosettes, and a leafy drop. The handle is engraved "DeWolfe." on the front in Old English lettering, and "May 6th 1880" in script on the reverse. The bowl is oval, measuring 2 1/2" by 2" by 3/4" deep. The condition is flawless...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1212500 (stock #1764f)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1193546 (stock #1609f)
Old Friends
$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 : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1161264 (stock #1363fb)
Old Friends
$225.00
Gorham's Byzantine was an early, mid 1860's, pattern that had a double life. The pattern is as illustrated and has vaguely Moorish elements of tracery, scrolling, and even stylized papyrus. It was later appropriated to serve as the ground for Gorham's "Hound," which was this pattern with an applied cast hound literally screwed to the handle. This example is a large, 8 7/8" long, heavy, 3.0 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a ribbed bowl with notched edges and flanged shoulders. This retains a por...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1260156 (stock #2184f)
Old Friends
$195.00
A late 1860's design, Gorham's "Morning Glory" represents an exercise in the art of the jeweler turned silversmith.

It stands in a category of silver that was constructed, or assembled, as opposed to derived from a die or casting. Various elements such as the two types of leaves, ivy and morning glory, the blossom itself, the tubular stem, and various findings, were all joined together at the behest of individual workers. Even such detail as the decorative wire that wraps the end of the ha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1190295 (stock #1580f)
Old Friends
$185.00
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 lettering. ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1214477 (stock #1779f)
Old Friends
$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 : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1244199 (stock #2019f)
Old Friends
$125.00
Standing 4 7/8" tall and resting on a 2" diameter base, this bud vase was made by Gorham whose lion, anchor, G mark is stamped on the underside. Other marks include "Sterling," the model number "1095," and the date letter "B" for 1869. It weighs 2.1 T. oz.

It follows after classic urn or amphora design. It presents a lofty and elegant appearance, having a tapering broad base that is joined to the flared lower end of the vase itself. The two arms are cast and applied and feature a central...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1148995 (stock #1255fa)
Old Friends
$185.00
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)
Old Friends
$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)
Old Friends
$135.00
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 (see item 989f) 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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1155631 (stock #1312fr)
Old Friends
$195.00
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 finished in ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1207723 (stock #1728f)
Old Friends
$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...

 
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