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All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1306819 (stock #2541f)
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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 : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278090 (stock #2313dd)
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Measuring 10 1/4" long and weighing a substantial 4.7 T. oz., this piece is most likely an oyster ladle rather than the larger yet full size soup.

In today's environment the distinction may be inconsequential. Indeed, some of the massive serving pieces of the 19th century may be overly large for contemporary tables, making this size more utilitarian...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1193886 (stock #1612mg)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1900 item #1141352 (stock #1196f)
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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)
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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 : Pre 1900 item #1298105 (stock #2468f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1305272 (stock #2526f)
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Adapted from a napkin ring, this 2" tall, 1 7/8" diameter, weighty at 1.6 T. oz., round holder would be well-suited for toothpicks.

It is Aesthetic in style, featuring two raised, parallel bands of bamboo stems and stalks set against a stippled background.

It is marked on the interior with the company "lion, anchor, G," emblem, "Sterling," the model number "1310" and date letter "M," for 1880...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1174106 (stock #1458f)
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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)
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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 1900 item #1081097 (stock #798f)
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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 bac...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1910 item #1309090 (stock #2564f)
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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 #1305994 (stock #2533f)
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This tea cup and saucer represents the epitome of elegance, given that it is artfully crafted in pure sterling silver.

Made by Gorham in 1871 (as indicated by the date letter "D" that appears on the underside of each piece), it exhibits the burgeoning manufacturing and design skills of the company that by then had arguably already established itself as America's premier silver house.

These are large items. The saucer has a diameter of 5 7/8" and stands just over 1" high. It weighs not ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1285033 (stock #2365f)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 1910 item #1243805 (stock #2015f)
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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)
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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. ...

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