Gorham "Medallion" Footed Coin Silver Master Salt Dish
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Dating from the mid 1860s, this pedestal base, coin silver master salt is model number "510" as indicated by the stamp on the underside. It is also marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" symbol.
It stands 2 1/8" high, has a top opening of 2", a maximum width of 2 3/8", a base diameter of 1 7/8", and weighs 1.9 T. oz.
The round body has four applied medallion heads (see image 2), two male and two female, the subjects of which were no doubt readily recognized in the period of their making when the population was well versed in classical imagery. An applied rim encircles the top edge of the bowl, the interior of which is finished in a pale gold wash. There is an Old English monogram on the side. This appears to be an "A" or an "N" but is as much decorative as a letter.
The condition is excellent. There are no dents or pinpricks and the base sits evenly. There is light polishing wear on the medallions, but their overall detail remains well-defined. The interior shows surface scratches, but this is minimal. The finish is lustrous, with a finely aged patina.