Gorham "Byzantine" Berry Spoon, California Provenance
Gorham's Byzantine was an early, mid 1860's, pattern that had a double life. The pattern is as illustrated and has vaguely Moorish elements of tracery, scrolling, and even stylized papyrus. It was later appropriated to serve as the ground for Gorham's "Hound," which was this pattern with an applied cast hound literally screwed to the handle. This example is a large, 8 7/8" long, heavy, 3.0 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a ribbed bowl with notched edges and flanged shoulders. This retains a portion of its original gold wash. The handle is engraved "Flora" in a fancy, feathered script. The backside is plain save for the Gorham lion, anchor, G mark, the word "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, "S. Jelly" of Sacramento, California. Gorham was known to be an aggressive retailer in California early on, and this is yet another evidence of that effort.