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Gorham Mixed Metal Number 385 Aesthetic Dish Dating 1881 (A)

Gorham Mixed Metal Number 385 Aesthetic Dish Dating 1881 (A)
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A style mode that provided for a great diversity of expression and innovation, "mixed metal" pieces are among the most commanding of items produced by silver manufacturers during the late 19th century Aesthetic period.

Not surprisingly, the two dominant names in 19th century silver, Gorham and Tiffany, generated the greatest variety of pieces in this medium.

This example was made by Gorham in 1881, as indicated by the date letter imprinted on the backside. Other marks include the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling & Other Metals," and the model number "385."

It measures 4 3/16" inches across, with an interior diameter of 2 3/8", and stands 3/8" high, and weighs just over 2.3 T. oz. This is an appropriate size for a glass coaster.

The rim is scalloped, with hammered surfaces, while the interior base has a bright finish and the undersides has a brushed finish.

There are four, different, applied, raised copper figures. They include a sitting boy holding an implement, a fish, lily of the valley flowers on a stalk with leaves, and a stylized band.

It is in excellent condition, and without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same. It is free of bends or dents and sits evenly. The interior bottom has light surface scratches consistent with age, and one slight pinprick dimple.

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