Gorham 1890 Aesthetic Sterling Silver Matched Sugar and Creamer
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Stamped with the model number "3315" along with the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and date symbol for 1890, this sugar and creamer are breakfast or tete-a-tete size. The sugar stands 4" high to the top of the swing handle, and rises 2" from the 2" diameter rim base to the edge of the rim which is 3 3/4" across. It weighs approximately 3.4 T. oz.
The pitcher is 3 3/8" tall, 3" across to the handle tip, has a 1 1/2" rimmed base, and weighs 3.0 T. oz.
The design is a study in subtlety, with an overall drift to the Aesthetic moving toward Art Nouveau. The bodies are plain and rather bulbous, with the shape integral to their style. Both pieces have undulating, wavy rims and gold wash finishes on the interiors. The handles are solid, with tapered and convex surfaces.
The fancy script "MBS" monograms are decidedly Art Nouveau in manner.
The condition is very good. Apart from several dimples and one slightly flat spot on the bowl, the overall forms are in outstanding condition. Both pieces sit flat and have brilliant, hand polished only, finishes. The handles are flawless and the gold washes remain largely intact.