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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1306819 (stock #2541f)
Old Friends
$95.00
Dating from 1870, "Louis XIV" was an early line pattern in Gorham's stable of designs. Knowles produced a near match in its "Emperor" pattern, and George Sharp also offered a third, unnamed kindred design, all indicating this motif had as much appeal in its time as it still exhibits today.

The handle tip is an anthemion form with a shield reserve which in this case has an embellished, Old English "R" monogram. The area below this has raised, line scrolling set against a stippled background....

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1193886 (stock #1612mg)
Old Friends
$465.00
Dating from 1866 according to the date engraved on the sidewall 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. The maximum span to the end of the handle is approximately 3 1/4" and the weight is 4.5+ T. oz. The ur...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1141352 (stock #1196f)
Old Friends
$125.00
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.

In all aspects, the pi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1298105 (stock #2468f)
Old Friends
$185.00
Some years ago, "The Magazine Antiques" produced an article about Gorham's fabled 1880s "Narragansett" design silver. An opulent line, it featured a variety of sea forms reflecting (and reputedly molded directly from in some instance) sea flora and fauna found in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay and nearby coastland.

That article spawned (pun intended) an intensified interest in this already enchanted, and immensely costly, pattern. It also prompted the assignment of the label "Narragansett...

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 : Pre 1900 item #1119732 (stock #1024f)
Old Friends
$185.00
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 w...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1330349 (stock #2701f)
Old Friends
$385.00
A numbered design, specifically "610," rather than a standard line pattern, this 7 1/4" long, 1.5 T. oz., confection (see image three for 1892 catalogue image and identification) spoon, was executed to a standard far above typical production items.

It has regal iconography.

The tip of the handle has a rampant, i.e. standing, lion, set atop a columnar handle. The lower section of the handle, just above the join with the bowl, features a stately looking, classical female figure draped in ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1950 item #1323731 (stock #2624f)
Old Friends
$625.00
A dramatic example of Modernist design, Gorham's "No. 791" tea set, commonly identified as "Hibiscus," seems to take its inspiration from early 20th century Danish style as especially associated with Georg Jensen.

Offered as a three piece set, this is the pot. It stands 6" tall to the top of the finial, has a main body that is 4" at the widest, 5" to the end of the spout, and has a sterling and ebonized wood handle that extends 4 1/4" at a slight upward cant from the body. It weighs 14.1 T...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1309090 (stock #2564f)
Old Friends
$115.00
This collapsible shaving brush made by Gorham is illustrated in the company catalog of 1906 (see image 2).

It measures 6" long when fully assembled, and 3 1/8" when folded up. Solid sterling, the holder and perforated cap weigh .7 T. oz. combined, while the base and brush together weigh another .7 T. oz.

The body is a high relief floral and leaf repousse design. There is a central reserve which is engraved with an embellished script "TB" monogram.

The natural bristle brush stores i...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1285033 (stock #2365f)
Old Friends
$110.00
This moderately large mug stands 2 5/8" high to the rim, is 2 3/4" in diameter, has a maximum span of 3 3/4" to the farthest edge of the handle, and weighs just under 3.6 T. oz.

It was made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem appears on the underside, along with the word "Sterling" and the model number "5225."

It has plain walls with a 1" tall, embossed leafy design along the lower edge. This is slightly bulbous and and indented creating a rimmed like base.

The surface opposite...

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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1302780 (stock #2507f)
Old Friends
$325.00
This pattern is identified in the Gorham archives (housed at Brown University and cataloged by scholar Sam Hough) as "Old English." It is commonly referred to, however, as "Seal Top" after the round, flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank, which in turn follows after a traditional "old English" form.

Almost never marked, it frequently goes unrecognized for what it is, namely coin silver produced by the above maker. Wood & Hughes made a nearly identical pattern with the same ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1207968 (stock #1731f)
Old Friends
$245.00
Dating from 1885, Gorham's "Old Masters" scarcely has any parallels in the realm of American sterling silver flatware. Each piece in the line, with some duplication, features a different, renowned figure from the realm of the classical arts. The handles are cast and individually designed with all aspects of the shank complimentary of the bust of whatever figure surmounts the end of that handle.

The figure in the instance of this 7 3/4" long, exceptional weight 2.2 T. oz., master butter kni...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1331360 (stock #2715f)
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Named after the Florentine family whose identity was essentially synonymous with the Italian Renaissance, Gorham's 1880 version of "Medici" is a dense figural design.

This example is a 7" long, weighty, 2.1 T. oz., gravy ladle.

It is in remarkably fine condition, free of the softening of detail that often affects the low relief structure of this multi-motif pattern. The central figure on this piece is a standing woman dressed in festooned period garb, with one leg fully exposed from the...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1243805 (stock #2015f)
Old Friends
$55.00
A bit longer than a teaspoon at 6 1/8" and heavy at approximately 1.2 T. oz., this is a youth spoon. Having an oversize bowl, this form is also sometimes identified as a pap spoon.

The pattern is Gorham's Art Nouveau "Patrician," a kindred design with "Poppy." It is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Patent 1902."

It is in choice condition and without a monogram or monogram removal. The design detail remains crisp and well-defined. The bowl is perfectly shaped, and free o...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1287153 (stock #2383dd)
Old Friends
$65.00
The larger of two tomato servers that Gorham offered in its "Plymouth" line, this piece measures 7 1/2" long and weighs a substantial 1.8 T. oz.

The essentially round, 3" diameter, blade has scalloped and tiered edges and an intricately pierced surfaced.

An old, estate piece, the handle in inscribed with a fancy Old English "D" monogram.

It is in very fine condition. It shows no visible wear and has a bright finish. The blade is free of bends, nicks, or breaks in the reticulation. ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1326437 (stock #2647f)
Old Friends
$115.00
A early production item, c. 1865, for Gorham, this serving spoon is marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co."

It is large, measuring 8 7/8" long, with an essentially round bowl that is 3" in diameter and 1/2" at the deepest, and heavy, weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz.

Rarely found, this is not a named line pattern with Gorham, but it is in the manner of a "Pointed Antique" with a broad, slightly down-turned, end. It has notched shoulders where it joins the bowl, an...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1261552 (stock #2204f)
Old Friends
$50.00
Whisk brooms were perhaps more of a household staple in the past than they are today. A small brush made of broom corn, a stiff, straw-like, sorghum grass, they are rather pedestrian items save for examples such as this which has been fitted with a sterling silver handle.

A large version, this measures 10" long and is 4 1/4" wide at the end of the brush portion. It weighs almost 6.0 T. oz. total, but it is impossible to know what portion of this is silver and what otherwise.

It was mad...

 
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