U.S. Antique Gorham Sterling Silver Flatware
Jabez Gorham and Henry Webster started the Gorham Company to produce flatware from 90% silver in 1831. In 1888, Gorham switched to producing sterling flatware, but it was not until silverware designer William J. Codman joined the company three years later that Gorham started experiencing huge success with their sterling silver. Today, antique sterling silver flatware pieces by Gorham are collectible.
What are examples of Gorham patterns?
Gorham produced over 640 different sterling patterns on their sterling silver tableware. Recognizing the different sterling Gotham patterns allows you to obtain a set of matching Gorham flatware in sterling silver.
- Fairfax: Originally produced by Durgin Silver, Gotham purchased sterling silver pattern featuring straight lines and simple handles in 1968.
- Strasbourg: Produced from 1897 through 1950, this antique pattern of Gorham sterling silver flatware features playful scrollwork on tip-heavy sterling silver pieces.
- Etruscan: Produced from 1913 through 1991, this Gorham silver pattern features symmetrical keys with a Greek key at the bottom of this sterling tableware.
- Buttercup: Produced from 1899 to 1950, this antique pattern of Gorham sterling silver features buttercups, leaves, and scrolls.
- Rondo: Produced from 1951 to 2007, this Gorham silver tableware pattern features playful scrollwork on symmetrical sterling silver pieces.
How do you date a piece of antique Gorham sterling silver silverware?
From 1848 to 1894, Gorham silver was marked with a new letter each year, starting with A and continuing through Q. From 1894 to 1933, the company used a series of different symbols on the silver. Then, the company did not mark the silver from 1933 to 1940. Starting in the 1940s, the company put the last number of the year inside a geometric shape with the same number of sides as the decade. For example, in 1943, Gorham placed the number 3 inside a square on the silver pieces; in 1963, the number 3 was placed inside a hexagon on Gotham silver tableware.
What is included in a sterling silver 45-piece tableware setting from Gorham?
There are many different types of Gorham silver cutlery. Many times, a sterling silver silverware set consists of eight salad sterling silver forks, eight sterling silver dinner forks, eight sterling silver dinner knives, eight sterling dinner spoons, eight sterling silver teaspoons, one cold meat fork, one sterling sugar-serving spoon, and one butter-serving knife. Others can be added to a set, such as special antique Gorham silver serving flatware like nut spoons, berry spoons, carving sets, ice cream forks, and cheese knives.