Gorham "Henry II" Solid Sterling Silver Ice Cream Slice
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A turn of the 20th century design, Gorham's "Henry II" employs imagery evocative of English heraldry. The central element is an imperial looking lion's face surrounded by acanthus leaf detailing. Other elements include wings, a fish scale pattern suggestive of medieval armor on the stem of handle, and fruit and leaves.
This example is an ice cream slice or knife. The form is one of the largest serving pieces offered in any line, and that is certainly the case with this 11 1/2" long, heavy weight, 5.1 T. oz., piece. Flat handled, it is solid sterling silver, including the 7" by 2" at the widest, blade.The condition is outstanding and there is no monogram or removal. The pattern detail remains crisp and well defined. The overall finish is lustrous, and apart from fine surface scratches on the blade, shows no signs of use. Marks are Gorham's lion, anchor, G, "Pat'd 1900," "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, "Theodore B. Starr, New York."