Gorham Repousse Sterling Handle Whiskbroom
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Whiskbrooms were perhaps more of a household staple in the past than they are today. A small brush made of broom corn, a stiff, straw-like, sorghum grass, they are rather pedestrian items save for examples such as this which has been fitted with a sterling silver handle.
A large version, this measures 10" long and is 4 1/4" wide at the end of the brush portion. It weighs almost 6.0 T. oz. total, but it is impossible to know what portion of this is silver and what otherwise.
It was made by Gorham whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem is stamped on the edge, along with the word "Sterling," the number "16," and a date symbol for 1906. This appears in the 1896 Gorham catalog (see image 2). The one illustrated therein was plain, while the surface of this is repoussed. The chasing is finely executed and highly detailed and in superb condition.
The handle is free of dents, polishing wear, or pinholes, and has a bright finish. The brush end shows light wear but is still very serviceable and retains a straight edge.