Gorham Japanese Peacock Figure Sterling Pie Server
Gorham's Japanese is a multi-motif pattern featuring various figural themes set against a stylized (and somewhat pseudo) ground of Far Eastern-looking elements. It definitely falls within the category of the Aesthetic taste and has always had strong decorative appeal. This example is an 8 9/16" long, a bit light feeling at 2.0 T. oz., pie or pastry server. The image on this form is a peacock perched atop the handle, with a long, trailing tail. The 4 1/2" by 2 1/2" at the widest blade has the rounded shoulders and central vee characteristic of the line and has stylized period engraving and a Japanese character. The backside is plain, save for an Old English "L" monogram and the maker's mark which is lion, anchor, G, and the word Sterling. The condition is very good. There is some overall light polishing wear along with age appropriate surface scratches on the blade, but the detail remains essentially quite clear. The blade is well-shaped and free of burrs or nicks.