American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1193886 (stock #1612mg)
Old Friends
$485.00
Dating from 1866 according to the inscription on the sidewall, which is inscribed below the name "C.E. Mathews.", this coin silver mustard pot was made by Gorham. That company's standing lion, anchor, G mark appears on the underside of the base, along with the model number "510." It is a large, well-proportioned, and handsome item. Standing 4 1/4" high, it rests on a pedestal base that is 2" in diameter...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1141352 (stock #1196f)
Old Friends
$195.00
Measuring 6" long and of good weight, 1.4 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is the smaller of two sizes that Gorham made in its 1860's Medallion line. It has a 2" round bowl with a scalloped edge and coffered sides, and both the front and back sides retain a goodly portion of their original gold wash. The classical female figure remains sharply defined and crisp, having been spared polishing wear. The backside is plain and absent a monogram or removal...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1960 item #1244449 (stock #2021f)
Old Friends
$345.00
Model number "1183" according to the stamp on the underside, this 9" wide, 2" high, 9.9 T. oz., bowl was made by Gorham whose name and lion, anchor, G mark also appears on the bottom along with the word "Sterling." Additionally it carries a date emblem for 1958.

The date is consistent with the style as this has the clean, unencumbered look characteristic of Mid Century Modern design. It has a plain, squared, turned rim...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1242746 (stock #2006f)
Old Friends
$110.00
This sterling silver cold meat fork is about as large as such pieces get, measuring 8 5/8" long and weighing a very heavy 2.4 T. oz. The pattern is one of several kings and queens iterations that Gorham evolved over a span of about fifty years.

Each of these designs seemed to become more detailed, and that is the case with this late, 1899, expression...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1980 item #1148033 (stock #1244fa)
Old Friends
$40.00
This popular souvenir spoon was originally produced by Gorham in the 1890's and reissued as late as the 1970's or 80's. The dating on this 4 1/4" long, relatively heavy .4 T. oz., example is uncertain, although it has qualities that suggest age. The handle retains a sharply defined pattern front and back sides and in the bowl of the spoon. The elements of the design are highly detailed and not murky...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1133215 (stock #1134f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Measuring 7 11/16" long, this three tine fork was a specialty item made by Gorham. It is stamped with that company's lion, anchor, G hallmark, Sterling, and the number 276. It may be for pickles, or some sources suggest it is a cheese fork. The motif is classically inspired, featuring a replica of a Greek coin on the tip of the handle. One side of this has a head in profile and the other a Parthenon-like structure. The stem is twisted and "roughened," perhaps to suggest age or antiquity...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1176791 (stock #1474f)
Old Friends
$35.00
Marked on the underside with the Gorham lion, anchor, G, the word "Sterling," the model number "3025," and a date symbol for 1897, this round master salt stands 1" high, 1 3/4" in diameter, and weighs .7+ T. oz. It has a 3/8" wide, die rolled band around the body and a rolled rim top. The sidewall is monogrammed "KAS" in a flowing script. The interior had a gold wash, of which only pale traces remain...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #869881 (stock #307b)
Old Friends
$245.00
Made by Gorham as a non-line item, and assigned the model number 389, this design is similar to a variety of twist stem and knob end designs of the mid 1860's. According to the Gorham archives, however, this 8 7/8" long berry spoon was produced in the 1880's...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1150830 (stock #1270f)
Old Friends
$35.00
This pair of tongs measure 3 3/4" long and weigh just over .5 T. oz. which is heavy relative to their size. They are a numbered item, specifically "41," rather than a line design, and appear in Gorham's 1892 catalog (see illustration 2). The design is a dense scroll and floral having a rococo quality. The main elements of the arms are cast, while the bands and grips are struck. Casting enables a more detailed and textured surface than would otherwise be available, and it creates a grained su...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1174106 (stock #1458f)
Old Friends
$65.00
Model number "435" made by Gorham, a similar companion piece numbered "437" appears in the company catalog of 1892 (see image 2). Measuring 4 3/8" long and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., this form is sometimes identified as a tea caddy spoon, but the catalog illustration establishes it as a bon bon spoon. Such pieces were higher order in the Gorham stable and extra effort was invested in their design and production. They are also generally heavier than comparable pieces in full line patterns...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1001720 (stock #858c)
Old Friends
$40.00
One of a numbered series, this 5 5/8" long orange spoon has its own character. It shares a three-lobed bowl with other spoons in the line. The handles vary from piece to piece. In this instance the motif is floral (orange blossom?). The item is solid weight, .9 T. oz., and finely crafted. The handle appears to have been cast rather than die struck, and is stamped on the plain backside with the Gorham lion, anchor, G, the word Sterling, and the number 574. The bowl retains very slight trace...
All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1119732 (stock #1024f)
Old Friends
$195.00
Bonbonnieres are bonbon spoons set large. In some instances, the size exceeds 10" long and that alone makes them commanding pieces. Add to that intricacy of design and the net effect can be quite compelling. 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 company. It is medium-sized, measuring 6 1/8" long, has a bowl that is roughly 2 3/4" in diameter, and weighs ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1212095 (stock #1761f)
Old Friends
$55.00
Massive firm that it was, Gorham had an entire division that produced ecclesiastical items.

This 4 1/8" long, relatively heavy .4 T. oz., spoon, item number "785," is a product from that line. Other marks include Gorham's lion, anchor, G, and the word "Sterling." It is identified in 1896 and subsequent company catalogs as a "chalice spoon" (see image 2).

It features a "budded," aka Apostles or Cathedral, cross on the end of the handle. The stem is twisted and fitted with a second Gree...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1081097 (stock #798f)
Old Friends
$295.00
Also known as No. 88, Gorham's Lily of the Valley is one of that company's earliest line patterns. It was patented in 1870, as indicated by the stamp on this piece. Other marks include the word Sterling and a lion, anchor, G. A popular design since its inception, this remains a favorite among collectors. The design shows to full advantage at the scale of this 8 3/4" long ice cream server. It has a large, arced blade with a central vee. The surface is finished in a gold wash. The backside is ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1167339 (stock #1409f)
Old Friends
$135.00
Marked with the Gorham lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1903," this cake saw or knife is a late example of a popular 19th century form. The pattern is "Norfolk," aka "Villa Norfolk," which is a relatively simple lined scroll design offered at a time when the ebullience of Art Nouveau expression was still at a peak. This measures 9 5/8" long, weighs a substantial 2.7 T. oz., and is solid silver. It is without a monogram or removal and in flawless estate condition. It is absent polishing...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1097862 (stock #895f)
Old Friends
$295.00
The long-handled version, this salad serving fork and spoon in Gorham's figural Old Baronial are large and heavy. The spoon is 10 3/8" and weighs 4.2 T. oz., while the fork is 10 1/4" and weighs 4.3 T. oz. These are old items, having the decorated shoulders that show up only on earlier pieces. Furthermore, the fork bowl has detailed piercings which again is characteristic of older items. The pattern is aptly named, with its courtly design features that center on the lion's head that appears ...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1181292 (stock #1509fw)
Old Friends
$55.00
Measuring 4 1/2" long and weighing a relatively heavy .8 T. oz., this item is a bon bon or nut spoon. The pattern is "Baronial," aka "Old Baronial" by Gorham, dating from the late 19th century. It is an early piece with decorated shoulders, and a pierced bowl that retains a goodly portion of its original gold wash. It is in excellent condition and is without a monogram or removal. The pattern detail remains sharply defined, with the emblematic lion's head at the tip of the handle fully artic...
All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1237905 (stock #1964f)
Old Friends
$42.00
A figural design, Gorham's "Old Baronial" imagery is evocative of the English court. The dominant element is a lion's head that appears on the end of handle. Other components include fruit, scrolling, acanthus leaves, and a shell.

It is a heavy line, which is the case with this 6" long sugar spoon which weighs 1.2 T. oz. The bowl is pear-shaped, has a broad end, a cupped heel, decorated shoulders (which is a detail indicative of its age), and retains very slight traces of an original gold...

 
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