Gorham No. 418 Sterling Silver Figural Brandy Warmer
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Commonly referred to as a "brandy warmer," this form appears in Gorham's 1894 catalogue identified as a "brandy burner" (see image 2).
Whatever name is applied, this example is characteristic of the piece. It measures 3 7/8" long, with a short handle and a 1 5/8" diameter bowl with two tabs to lock over the rim of a brandy snifter. It weighs .6 T. oz.
While brandy warmers are readily available, this piece is uncommon. Figural and decorative whereas many are plain, it is a limited line, namely model number "418," as identified on the backside, along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and the word "Sterling."
The handle is cast and portrays a female figure with a crown on her head. She is garbed in a button front blouse with a ruffled collar. This is over laid with an also high collared cape. Based on the clothing, one possibility for the figure is a young Queen Elizabeth I, although this speculative.
The bowl has an embossed swirl design on the interior and a fancy script "JWK" on the backside.
It is in flawless condition. There is no visible wear or damage, and the finish has a fine patina. The bowl is free of dents, bends, nicks, or burrs.