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    A RARE AND IMPORTANT GORHAM SILVER AND NIELLO MATCH SAFE
    Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, 1877
    Marks: (lion-anchor-G), STERLING, 151, J
    2-3/4 inches high (7.0 cm)
    2.6 ounces (gross)


    The elongated oval match safe with Russian-style diaper pattern and floral scroll niello decoration, monogrammed to the front, hinged lid.

    According to the Gorham archives preserved at the Brown University Library, this piece was produced on May 15, 1877, and was labeled as a "Russian Niello Match Box." A total of 7 niello match safes were produced by Gorham.

    Illustrated:
    Shapiro, Neil and George Sparacio, Gorham Match Safes. Riverdale, New Jersey, International Match Safe Association, 2009, page 44.


    More information about Gorham Manufacturing Co., also known as Gorham Manufacturing Company.

    Condition Report*: very minor surface scratching and very minor pitting to niello decoration
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2012
    11th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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