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 1887Marks: (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
AN AMERICAN SILVER AND SILVER GILT CENTER BOWL Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, 1907 Marks: Martel&ea...
AN AMERICAN SILVER AND SILVER GILT CENTER BOWL Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, 1907Marks: Martelé ...
Lot 68284
Auction 5051
Monday, November 8, 2010
$23,900.00
A Gorham Gilt Silver and Cut-Glass Wine Ewer, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1892 Marks: (lion-anchor-G), STERLING, S10...
A Gorham Gilt Silver and Cut-Glass Wine Ewer, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1892Marks: (lion-anchor-G), STERLING, S105...
Lot 61185
Auction 5337
Sunday, December 10, 2017
$1,500.00
A Three-Piece Gorham and Gorham-Durgin Silver Tea Set, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1930 Marks: (lion-anchor-G), STER...
A Three-Piece Gorham and Gorham-Durgin Silver Tea Set, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1930Marks: (lion-anchor-G), STERL... (Total: 3 Items)
Lot 61245
Auction 5337
Sunday, December 10, 2017
$875.00

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ItemCurrent Bid or Price
A Fifty-Nine Piece Gorham Chrysanthemum Pattern Silver Flatware Group, Providence, Rhode Island, late 19th centu... (Tot...
A Fifty-Nine Piece Gorham Chrysanthemum Pattern Silver Flatware Group, Providence, Rhode Island, late 19th centu... (Total: 59 Items)
Lot 63125
Auction 5339
Saturday, March 10, 2018
$750.00
A One Hundred and Forty-Three Piece Gorham Chantilly Pattern Silver Flatware Service, Providence, Rhode Island, ... (Tot...
A One Hundred and Forty-Three Piece Gorham Chantilly Pattern Silver Flatware Service, Providence, Rhode Island, ... (Total: 143 Items)
Lot 63126
Auction 5339
Saturday, March 10, 2018
$1,500.00
An Eighty-One Piece Gorham Versailles Pattern Silver Flatware Group, Providence, Rhode Island, designed 1888 Ma... (Tota...
An Eighty-One Piece Gorham Versailles Pattern Silver Flatware Group, Providence, Rhode Island, designed 1888Ma... (Total: 81 Items)
Lot 63128
Auction 5339
Saturday, March 10, 2018
$1,300.00
A Large Gorham Gilt Silver Serving Tray, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1953 Marks: GORHAM, (lion-anchor-G), STERLIN
A Large Gorham Gilt Silver Serving Tray, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1953Marks: GORHAM, (lion-anchor-G), STERLIN...
Lot 63130
Auction 5339
Saturday, March 10, 2018
$2,000.00
A Ninety-Three Piece Gorham Decor Pattern Silver Flatware Service, Providence, Rhode Island, designed 1953 Mark... (Tota...
A Ninety-Three Piece Gorham Decor Pattern Silver Flatware Service, Providence, Rhode Island, designed 1953Mark... (Total: 93 Items)
Lot 63131
Auction 5339
Saturday, March 10, 2018
$1,000.00

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