American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1190295 (stock #1580f)
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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)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1244199 (stock #2019f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1137564 (stock #1166f)
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Produced by Gorham's renowned Antoine Heller, Coligni stands alongside such other commanding figural patterns as Versailles, Fontainebleau, Mythologique, and Old Medici offered by that firm and designer in the late 19th century. Of all those designs, it may be the one with a look most likely to have gone toe-to-toe with Tiffany's Olympian of the same period. This 6" long, heavy, just over 1.0 T...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1148995 (stock #1255fa)
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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 appears, as the surface alternates between convex and concave and suggests banding, perhaps of a naturalistic material such as bamboo...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1236665 (stock #1953f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1113898 (stock #988f)
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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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1155631 (stock #1312fr)
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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 #1238561 (stock #1971f)
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An early Gorham line pattern, "Corinthian" synthesizes Moorish, neoclassical, and Egyptian Revival design elements.

This example is an 8 3/4" long, 1.9 T. oz. pie server. It has an uncommon, perhaps unique, style blade that is shaped around a central vee running from the notched and cupped heel to a pointed tip. Either side of this is reticulated in a finely detailed period design that incorporates an acanthus leaf motif. This reticulation is complemented with delicate wriggle work engrav...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #845463 (stock #241pd)
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At 8" long, this is a large master butter knife. The pattern is Gorham's early 1870's "Corinthian." This is a handsome example, with fine detailing, including an engraved blade. There is an elegant, period monogram (EK?). The condition is excellent. The blade is even, and free of bends, nicks, or burrs. The finish is nicely patinated. Marks are lion, anchor, G, Sterling, Pat. 71, and the name of the retailer. This is rubbed, but appears to be Robbxxxx.
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1207723 (stock #1728f)
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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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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...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1153734 (stock #1291fb)
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Gorham's 1885 "Old Masters" was a stand out line of figural pieces featuring an array of European artistic notables. This example is a 5 3/8" long cream or sauce ladle. It is heavy, weighing 1.5 T. oz., largely related to its substantial, three dimensional, cast handle. The imagery is sculptural in quality and has detailed design elements that are finely rendered. The figures in this series are identified on the backsides, and in this instance the portraiture is of "Peter Vischer" who was a ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #830937 (stock #205b)
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This sterling silver serving spoon is 9" long and heavy. The pattern is Gorham's Florentine. This is an expressive design that features a Renaissance style bearded figure at the end of the handle. This is an old example, with decorated flanged shoulders on the bowl. It has a script "EWK" monogram and is in outstanding condition. The bowl is free of dings, burrs, or dents, and retains part of its original gold wash. The form is flawless, and the finish finely patinated. Marks are lion, anc...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1198381 (stock #1653f)
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Gorham's "Medallion" was the pattern of choice offered by mid 1860's Tiffany & Co. when it was only a retailer and not a manufacturer. This 5 7/8" long, .8 T. oz., ice cream spoon is an example of this partnership. It is stamped lion, anchor, G for Gorham, "Pat. 1864," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling" on the plain backside. The figure is a youthful helmeted male warrior. The blunt end bowl has a ribbed interior and notched and slightly flanged shoulders. The bowl evidences very scant traces ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1930 item #1162759 (stock #1371fb)
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Measuring 5 3/8" wide, standing 1" high, and weighing 2.5 T. oz., this sterling silver piece is item number "121" made by Gorham, as indicated by the marks on the underside. It is highly decorative, portraying in a naturalistic manner slanted toward Art Nouveau, a variety of fruit arrayed on the undulating rim. These include alternating clusters of cherries, strawberries, and blackberries with their respective leaves and stems. The edge of the rim is formed into an encircling twig or branch, ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1227455 (stock #1887f)
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Made by Gorham early in the 20th century, this pair of tongs imitates a wishbone. The piece measures 3 1/2" long, has a 1 1/4" spread between the arms, and weighs approximately .6 T. oz.

It is model number "H171," and so marked on one grip, along with the word "Sterling," and the Gorham lion, anchor, G. The finger grip on the arch is engraved with an Old English "A" monogram.

The condition is flawless. There are no bends, nicks, or damage and the finish is appealing. The spring remai...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1205184 (stock #1704f)
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That this 5 1/4" long, relatively heavy at over .4 T. oz., sterling silver strawberry fork is a Gorham numbered item indicates it was specially designed and not part of a line pattern. It has an open work, latticed handle, with an overall clean look. A likely date is around 1900. It is without a monogram or removal and is in immaculate condition, showing no wear whatsoever. The three tines are straight, pointed, and relatively thick. Marks are Gorham's lion, anchor, G emblem, "Sterling," an...
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