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Gorham Manufacturing Co.

Gorham Manufacturing Co.

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Nationality: USA

Birth Place: USA

Biography:
The Gorham Corporation, based in Providence, Rhode Island, was the most prolific and influential silver company in America from 1850-1940, at the height of the industry. Founded in 1831 as “Gorham & Webster” by master craftsmen Jabez Gorham and Henry Webster, the firm first marketed coin silver spoons and other small items, such as jewelry, thimbles, and combs. Gorham’s son, John, took over the company when his father retired in 1847 and modernized the factory, introducing machine production and growing the inventory to include, by the 1860s, novel electroplated wares (with nickel silver as the base metal). In 1865 “Gorham & Co.” officially became “Gorham Manufacturing Co.” through a charter issued by the Rhode Island government, and in 1884 the expanded firm opened a store in the Ladies’ Mile Shopping District in New York City. Gorham silver nationwide was recognizable by its distinctive trademark: a lion, an anchor, and a capital G.

Gorham employed numerous talented designers specializing in both domestic and ecclesiastical wares, such Erik Magnussen, Thomas J. Pairpoint, and William C. Codman, who created the famous Chantilly flatware pattern in 1885, so popular that matching hollowware was developed in sterling and silver plate. Commissions from the rich and powerful were equally numerous: a tea and flatware service in 1859 for Mary Todd Lincoln; a Century Vase for Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant on the occasion of the country’s centennial anniversary; a loving cup in 1899 for Admiral George Dewey; a 740-piece Victorian silver service, including the monumental “Neptune” epergne, for Colonel Henry Jewett Furber, president of Universal Life Insurance Co. in New York; and a silver service in 1907 for the battleship USS Rhode Island. Among Gorham’s important sculptural commissions were the monument of George Washington in the Capitol’s Rotunda, the statue of Theodore Roosevelt in New York City, and the “Independent Man” atop the Rhode Island State House.

During the twentieth century, Gorham variously consolidated other silver companies: Whiting, Durgin, and Kerr in 1906-07, Mt. Vernon Co. Silversmiths, Inc. in 1913, Alvin Silver Co. in 1928, Black Starr and Frost in 1929, McChesney Co. in 1931, Quaker Silver Co. in 1959, Friedman Co. in 1960, and Graff, Washbourne & Dunn in 1961. In 1967 the Gorham Corporation was sold to Textron Inc.

 

Gorham Manufacturing Co. Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
A GORHAM SILVER REPOUSSÉ WATER PITCHER Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1887 Marks: (lio...
A GORHAM SILVER REPOUSSÉ WATER PITCHER Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1887 Marks: (lion-anchor...
Lot 68192
Auction 5127
Friday, June 14, 2013
$40,625.00
A GORHAM FOUR-PIECE SILVER, EBONY AND FORMICA CIRCA '70 PATTERN COFFEE AND TEA SERVICE WITH TRAY DESIGNED BY DONAL... (T...
A GORHAM FOUR-PIECE SILVER, EBONY AND FORMICA CIRCA '70 PATTERN COFFEE AND TEA SERVICE WITH TRAY DESIGNED BY DONAL... (Total: 5 Items)
Lot 68336
Auction 5091
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
$30,000.00
A Two-Piece Gorham Narragansett Pattern Silver Salad Serving Set, Providence, Rhode Island, designed 1878 Marks... (Tota...
A Two-Piece Gorham Narragansett Pattern Silver Salad Serving Set, Providence, Rhode Island, designed 1878 Marks... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 74114
Auction 5348
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
$30,000.00
A Gorham Mfg. Co. Aesthetic Movement Partial Gilt Silver and Mixed Metals Two-Handled Cup with Applied Decoration, Provi...
A Gorham Mfg. Co. Aesthetic Movement Partial Gilt Silver and Mixed Metals Two-Handled Cup with Applied Decoration, Providenc...
Lot 74173
Auction 5377
Monday, October 15, 2018
$10,000.00
A Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight-Piece Gorham Versailles Pattern Silver Flatware Service, Providence, Rhode Island... (Tot...
A Two Hundred and Thirty-Eight-Piece Gorham Versailles Pattern Silver Flatware Service, Providence, Rhode Island... (Total: 238 Items)
Lot 74167
Auction 5377
Monday, October 15, 2018
$4,375.00

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ItemCurrent Bid or Price
A Gorham Silver-Mounted Brilliant Cut Crystal Bowl, Providence, Rhode Island, 1899 Marks: STERLING, (lion-anchor-G)
A Gorham Silver-Mounted Brilliant Cut Crystal Bowl, Providence, Rhode Island, 1899 Marks: STERLING, (lion-anchor-G), ...
Lot 74157
Auction 5377
Monday, October 15, 2018
$625.00
A Gorham Mfg Co. Acid Etched Silver Tyg, Providence, Rhode Island, 1910 Marks: (lion-anchor-G), STERLING, A4635, 6 1/4 P...
A Gorham Mfg Co. Acid Etched Silver Tyg, Providence, Rhode Island, 1910 Marks: (lion-anchor-G), STERLING, A4635, 6 1/4 PI...
Lot 74172
Auction 5377
Monday, October 15, 2018
$937.50
A Gorham Mfg. Co. Silver Two-Handled Vegetable Serving Dish, Providence, Rhode Island, 1872 Marks: 165, (lion-anchor-G)...
A Gorham Mfg. Co. Silver Two-Handled Vegetable Serving Dish, Providence, Rhode Island, 1872 Marks: 165, (lion-anchor-G)...
Lot 74175
Auction 5377
Monday, October 15, 2018
$750.00
A Seven-Piece Gorham Buttercup Pattern Silver Tea and Coffee Service, Providence, Rhode Island, designed 1950 M... (Tota...
A Seven-Piece Gorham Buttercup Pattern Silver Tea and Coffee Service, Providence, Rhode Island, designed 1950 M... (Total: 7 Items)
Lot 74205
Auction 5377
Monday, October 15, 2018
$3,750.00
A Five-Piece Gorham Mfg. Co. Plymouth Pattern Partial Gilt Silver Tea and Coffee Service, Providence, Rhode Isla... (Tot...
A Five-Piece Gorham Mfg. Co. Plymouth Pattern Partial Gilt Silver Tea and Coffee Service, Providence, Rhode Isla... (Total: 5 Items)
Lot 74229
Auction 5377
Monday, October 15, 2018
$937.50

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