Gorham Manufacturing Co.

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Gorham Manufacturing Co.

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Also known as Gorham Manufacturing Company

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

ItemRealized
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 SILVER MARTELÉ VASE Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, 1899 Marks: (lion-anchor-G under...
A GORHAM SILVER MARTELÉ VASE Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, 1899Marks: (lion-anchor-G under eagle),...
Lot 68305
Auction 5091
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
$22,500.00
AN AMERICAN SILVER AND SILVER GILT THREE HANDLED LOVING CUP Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, 1920 Mar...
AN AMERICAN SILVER AND SILVER GILT THREE HANDLED LOVING CUP Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, 1920Mark...
Lot 68298
Auction 5051
Monday, November 8, 2010
$21,510.00

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ItemCurrent Bid
A Five-Piece Gorham Partial Gilt Silver Child's Set with Noah's Ark Motif, Providence, Rhode Island, first quarter 20th...
A Five-Piece Gorham Partial Gilt Silver Child's Set with Noah's Ark Motif, Providence, Rhode Island, first quarter 20th cent... (Total: 5 Items)
Lot 74345
Auction 5326
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
$750.00
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A Gorham Japanesque Silver Sugar Basket, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1879 Marks: (lion-anchor-G), STERLING, 2025, L...
A Gorham Japanesque Silver Sugar Basket, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1879Marks: (lion-anchor-G), STERLING, 2025, L...
Lot 74304
Auction 5326
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
$350.00
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Eight Gorham-Durgin Silver Iris Pattern Nut Dishes, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1905 Marks: STERLING, GOR... (Total:...
Eight Gorham-Durgin Silver Iris Pattern Nut Dishes, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1905Marks: STERLING, GOR... (Total: 6 Items)
Lot 74326
Auction 5326
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
$350.00
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A Gorham Copper and Mixed Metals Chambersticks, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1882 Marks: (anchor), GORHAM CO. Y2, O...
A Gorham Copper and Mixed Metals Chambersticks, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1882Marks: (anchor), GORHAM CO. Y2, O...
Lot 74305
Auction 5326
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
$350.00
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A Two-Piece Gorham Chippendale Pattern Silver Fish Serving Set, Providence, Rhode Island, designed 1890 Marks: ... (Tota...
A Two-Piece Gorham Chippendale Pattern Silver Fish Serving Set, Providence, Rhode Island, designed 1890Marks: ... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 74350
Auction 5326
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
$1.00
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