Gorham No. 785 1896 Sterling Silver Chalice Spoon
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Massive firm that it was, Gorham had an entire division that produced ecclesiastical items.
This 4 1/8" long, relatively heavy .4 T. oz., spoon, item number "785," is a product from that line. Other marks include Gorham's lion, anchor, G, and the word "Sterling." It is identified in 1896 and subsequent company catalogs as a "chalice spoon" (see image 2).It features a "budded," aka Apostles or Cathedral, cross on the end of the handle. The stem is twisted and fitted with a second Greek or Coptic cross in an oval midway along the stem. This therefore incorporates enough iconography that it could suitably be used by any Christian tradition, Western or Eastern, that followed a highly developed liturgical tradition. The bowl has a tapered tip with a pouring spout, and, in keeping with the notion of not exposing the communion elements to an inferior surface, has a gold finish front and back sides. It is in immaculate condition, having clearly been maintained, as would be expected, as a cherished implement.