Gorham "Virginia" Exceptionally Heavy Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
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Dating from the last decade of the 19th century, Gorham's "Virginia" is essentially a pointed antique design with beaded edging, front and back sides.
This piece is a 6 1/2" long sugar sifter with an oval 2" by 2 1/2" bowl. It is remarkably heavy, weighing 2.7 T. oz., resulting in an usually thick handle and substantial bowl.
The rather strict bluntness of the design is offset by the delicate, patterned piercing in the gold finished bowl.
It is without a monogram or removal and in very fine condition. It is free of polishing wear, and the gray finish is soft and smooth to the touch. The bowl is free of dents, breaks in the reticulation, or burrs. Its backside has a patch where the gold is rubbed off, otherwise that is intact.
Marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a "*."