Gorham "Beaded" Large Sterling Silver Fish Slice
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, and a gently upswept back. Its surface is engraved in bright cut flowers, leaves, and c-scrolls. There is no monogram or removal. The condition is excellent. There is only slight softening of the engraving from polishing, and no loss of detail on the pattern. The blade has fine surface scratches consistent with age, but overall the finish is lustrous and appealingly patinated. Marks are lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, Washington, DC's "Harris & Shafer."