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Decorative Gorham Silver Gilt Lemonade Straw

Decorative Gorham Silver Gilt Lemonade Straw
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Identified as a "lemonade spoon" in the 1904 Gorham catalog (see image 2), this 6 3/4" long, approximately .4 T. oz., item is essentially a sterling sipping straw with pierced bowl end. It is model number "1445H," as stamped on the backside. Other marks include the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and a date symbol for 1905.

This is considerably more elaborate and sophisticated than later, production oriented, examples of this form. The bowl incorporates an intricately shaped design, and the entire piece has a gold gilded surface. The end of the tubular handle has a block letter "I.T.F." monogram and the date "8-27-1906" inscribed on the backside opposite this. That such a delicate piece would serve as a presentation item indicates its status and role as something more than ordinary.

This is in mint condition. The tube is straight and there are no breaks or dents in the bowl. The guilding remains intact. It would seem this was a cherished item and rarely, if ever, used.

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