Gorham Colonial Solid Sterling Ice Cream Knife
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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 consistent with the date of the pattern.
This item is a dramatically-scaled, solid silver, ice cream knife or slice. It measures 10 5/8" long and weighs 3.1 T. oz.
The blade is slender, has notched shoulders, and an upswept, hooked, upper edge. The surface is extensively engraved on the front side, and less so on the backside.
The condition is mint and there is no monogram or removal.
Marks are the Gorham "lion, anchor, G," and "Sterling."