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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1910 item #1261552 (stock #2204f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245393 (stock #2030f)
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Relatively large for such items, this mustard ladle measures 5" long and weighs nearly .6 T. oz. The pattern is "Rosette," one of Gorham's earliest line designs. It was patented in 1868, and so marked, which was the year that Gorham went to the sterling standard. Other marks include the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and "Sterling."

The pattern takes its name from the central rosette that appears about a third of the way up the handle from the bowl, which in this instance retains its...

All Items : Silver : Pre 1900 item #1225680 (stock #1868f)
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An early example of Gorham's "Versailles," this 5 1/4" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., confection spoon (similar to bon bon or nut) is marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the definitive "Copyrighted '88" that is indicative of first run production.

The form is unusual in that the serving end is oriented sideways to the handle, with an upraised, flanged edge on the right, and a smooth lip on the left. The interior is extensively pierced, while the entire surface front and back side...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1920 item #1259403 (stock #2176f)
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This sterling silver tea strainer with a turned, ebonized, wood handle is an especially fine example of the form.

It was made by Graff, Washburne & Dunn, whose emblem is stamped on the sidewall of the bowl. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "3053."

It is a relatively large item, with a flat-bottom bowl that is 2 5/8" in diameter, 5/8" deep, and weighs approximately 1.2 T. oz., including the insignificant weight of the handle.

It is more substantial than most of thi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1219014 (stock #1819f)
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Perhaps unique in the realm of strawberry forks, this 6 1/2", relatively heavy at nearly .6 T. oz., piece by Hamilton & Diesinger has a significantly and visibly longer handle than what this form usually has.

The pattern is without an identified name. A dense floral, damask like design, featuring a dogwood or wild rose blossom against a scroll background, it is similar to Wood & Hughes "Louvre," Knowles "Rose" and "Aeolian," and Durgin "Scroll" among others, and likely dates from the same l...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253453 (stock #2108f)
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Fully marked for London, 1844, and sterling, this large, 9", heavy 2.6 T. oz., table serving spoon is stamped "SH" over "DC" for the partnership of Samuel Hayne and Dudley Cater.

It is a handsome and refined item, artfully formed and finished. It has a reverse tipt handle with an exposed drop on the backside of the bowl. The plain front has cleanly beveled edges and high, sharply defined shoulders off the generously proportioned, 3 1/4" by 1 3/4", bowl.

It is in superb condition and wi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1310273 (stock #2572f)
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An immensely scaled piece, this ice cream knife or slice is about as large an example of such things as can be found. It measures a full 12" long and weighs just over 5.0 T. oz.

It is solid sterling silver, with a flat blade that measures 7 1/2" by 1 3/4". This has a beveled lower edge, and upswept, pointed tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. This is a double shell design that appears on both sides of the handle. The handle front ha...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1305160 (stock #2525f)
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Measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing an exceptional 2.5 T. oz., this dinner fork was made by Durgin and retailed by New York's "Theodore B. Starr," as identified on the backside of the handle.

The pattern, "Marechal Niel, dates from 1896. Independent from its heft, Marechal Niel is appealing because it is an outstanding design. It offers a high relief, multi-dimensional portraiture of the rose which is its namesake. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both the front and bac...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1246905 (stock #2042f)
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Measuring 5 13/16" long and weighing just under 1.1 T. oz., this teaspoon is marked with an "H" in a diamond, which is a Gorham designation for "heavy." Other marks are the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. Mar. 20. 1894."

It is a Zodiac spoon for the month of December. The sign is "Capricornus," the sea-goat, more commonly identified as "Capricorn," whose image appears on the handle. Other decorative elements include holly leaves and berries tumbling into the handle...

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