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All Items : Silver : Pre 1920 item #1343816 (stock #2873f)
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$75.00
Price for the pair.
This pair master salt dishes are both charming and finely made. They have silver bases with cut and frosted glass liners.

Each one has three legs and stands 1 1/4" high to the top of base and 1 5/8" tall with the liner in place, and is 1 3/4" wide at the maximum. The combined weight of the metal is .7 T. oz.

German in origin, they are stamped "800" for the grade of the silver. These marks are on the rims, and are flanked by two other imprints. These are so small they are indecipherab...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1247806 (stock #2050f)
Old Friends
$85.00
Measuring 12 1/4" long, this carving knife made by Gorham is unusual on several counts.

First, it is early for this sort of thing. It is stamped with a date letter for 1874. Other marks include the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the number "5."

Second, the handle is not a standard pattern. It is a plain, rounded end shape with a satin matte surface. Gorham produced a number of hollow handle serving pieces with similar handles, which were generally bright cut and ba...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1283197 (stock #2352f)
Old Friends
$225.00
Priced as a pair.
Stamped with the model number "3315" along with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and date symbol for 1890, this sugar and creamer are breakfast or tete-a-tete size. The sugar stands 4" high to the top of the swing handle, and rises 2" from the 2" diameter rim base to the edge of the rim which is 3 3/4" across. It weighs approximately 3.4 T. oz.

The pitcher is 3 3/8" tall, 3" across to the handle tip, has a 1 1/2" rimmed base, and weighs 3.0 T. oz.

The design is a study ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1338275 (stock #2798f)
Old Friends
$235.00
Part of a desk set made by Gorham, this 9 1/2" long by 3 1/2" wide, weighty at 5.3 T. oz., tray is identified in the company's 1902 catalogue as a "sealing set tray" (see image 2).

It appears to be a pen tray, and is indeed very similar to the item alongside it identified as that, but late Victorian sensibilities provided for separate items for each functional need of the time.

It is particularly handsome and intricately detailed. The motif appears to be taken from English court style, ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1334401 (stock #2755f)
Old Friends
$80.00
An early Gorham pattern dating from 1870, "Lily" is often referred to as "88" because that number frequently appears on the backside of pieces.

The design actually portrays a lily of the valley, with strong Greek Revival elements. The raised pattern is set on an anthemion-shaped, curved, leaf, and there are rosettes set either side of the flower cluster.

This example is simply marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1870," and the name of the retailer, Cincinnat...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Smalls : Pre 1900 item #1324925 (stock #2636f)
Old Friends
$47.00
This napkin ring is a plain band of solid silver that measures 1 5/8" in diameter, stands 1 1/4" tall, and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the inside, it is model number "673" which is also imprinted on the interior, along with the word "Sterling."

Dating circa 1880, it is Aesthetic or Eastlake in style, engraved in a pattern that is part foliate and part stylized.

It has a fancy, feathered script, "HMR" monogram.

The condi...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1212500 (stock #1764f)
Old Friends
$325.00
This mug made by Gorham about 1900 combines two style features.

First, it falls within the Art Nouveau style popular during the period. This is expressed in the overall undulating form, and in the sinuous character of the detailing, for example the organic nature of the handle and the stem and leaf elements that are applied to the body. Second, it also incorporates four applied children's figures that are very much in the manner of Kate Greenaway whose work harkens to the Arts and Crafts Mo...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1343642 (stock #2869f)
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Made in 1896 according to the date stamp imprinted on its underside, this 11 1/4" long by 5 5/8" wide by 1 1/2" at the highest, 8.7 T. oz., open bowl is an early example of the Art Nouveau style.

Made by Gorham, it features both wild and cultivated rose blossoms interspersed with trailing scroll and leaf forms, with these latter elements reminiscent of the company's "Chantilly" pattern dating from the same period.

A size and proportion that suggests a bread bowl, this form in its time wa...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1232623 (stock #1917f)
Old Friends
$115.00
Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates to 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling, or earlier.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz., ice cream server. It has an oval blade with two ribs in the bottom, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more of a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1193546 (stock #1609f)
Old Friends
$145.00
Dating from 1861, "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns and was produced for a considerable period of time. As such, it was made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is the latter.

It is an exceptionally large, 12" long, and heavy, nearly 4.5 T. oz., fish slice. At this scale, the shank is thick and the beading high relief and tactile.

The blade is elegantly shaped, with a gently curved lower edge, scalloping on the upper end and shoulder, a notched lower corner...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1910 item #1272737 (stock #2281f)
Old Friends
$175.00
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Gorham catalogs either side of the turn of the twentieth century illustrate items similar to this 9" diameter, 3 1/2" piece and identify them as "berry bowls." They have brilliant cut glass bodies with applied sterling silver rims.

This example is model number "D453M" as imprinted on the edge of the rim. Other marks include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1903. The rim is plain save for a beaded edge where it abuts the glass.

This is a particularly...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1337824 (stock #2791f)
Old Friends
$215.00
Dating c. 1860, "Bust" is one of those patterns that helped created what might be called Gorham's first golden age of design.

The defining feature of the line is a cast, in most instances female, "bust" that surmounts the slender, square handle.

A product of the Classical Revival movement of the period, the figure sits atop a pedestal base, much as she might be presented in a museum or salon, or in a wall niche in an athenaeum.

This piece is a 5 7/8" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz., coin ...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1299421 (stock #2479f)
Old Friends
$70.00
Gorham's "California" is a design that is surrounded by mystery. It is an identified pattern, but examples are very rarely found and what exists suggests it was limited to serving pieces.

Its style as well sets it apart as it is unlike anything else Gorham produced, or any other manufacturer for that matter, with the exception of Towle's "Spider" which has a very similar form.

It is in the Aesthetic mode and likely dates c. 1880. The rounded, swooping handle has a scalloped upper edge ...

All Items : Silver : Souvenir Spoons : Pre 1900 item #1293697 (stock #2438f)
Old Friends
$185.00
A cast item that measures 5" long and weighs .7 T. oz., this piece was made by Gorham and is stamped with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling" on the backside.

Highly detailed, the imagery is iconic. The bowl portrays the Chicago Herald building constructed in 1891, which date appears on the lower portion of the handle. There is a pennant that reads "Herald" flying from the flagpole atop the building.

Close inspection reveals a figure standing on a pediment placed on a...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1348507 (stock #2929f)
Old Friends
$285.00
Measuring 6 1/2" in diameter and very weighty at 4.8 T. oz., this child's plate is stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem on the backside, along with "Sterling" and the model number "5240."

It has a 1 1/8" wide, rimmed border that is divided into fourteen panels. Each of these is acid etched in a scene that portrays a different children's rhyme.

These include (see image two for detail):

Jack the Giant Killer

The Merry Hunter

The Wolf and the Lamb

Tom the Piper's Son ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1342331 (stock #2850f)
Old Friends
$46.00
This 7 3/8" long, slightly over 1.0 T. oz., youth knife is an early example of "Bead."

It is stamped "Gorham & Co.," "Patent 1861" and "Coin" on the backside of the blade, and is engraved "Bertha" in Old English lettering on the front of the handle.

Solid silver, it has a flat handle and blunt end blade. The pattern is raised and appears on both sides of the handle.

It is in very good condition, free of polishing wear and with a blade that is free of nicks or burrs. There are ligh...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1148995 (stock #1255fa)
Old Friends
$165.00
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 it appears, as the surface alternates between convex and concave and suggests banding, perhaps of a naturalistic material such as bamboo. This in turn implies an Aesthetic influence, which would be con...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1113898 (stock #988f)
Old Friends
$115.00
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 patented in 1861, but overall is Moorish in feel. It is double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle.

The bowl is plum shaped, with a central rib, flanged ...

 
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