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    Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1880
    Marks: (lion), 1179 (within circle)
    2-3/8 inches high (6.0 cm)
    1.00 troy ounces

    From the Estate of John O. Antonelli

    The mixed metal match safe with textured finish, stone to front and clasp, match strike to bottom.

    Literature and Illustrated:

    Shapiro, Neil and George Sparacio. Gorham Match Safes. Riverdale, New Jersey, International Match Safe Association, 2009, page 68 (for production model).

    Shapiro, Neil. "The Case of the Curious Gorham Marks." International Match Safe Association 11.3 (2009).

    According to Neil Shapiro,
    "Just looking at the match safe, its material seems to be part copper and gold as well as silver. However, the work record clearly specifies that the entire safe is made of silver. The only clue from the work record that might clarify this anomaly is the phrase "wallpaper amalgam" which appears on this work record and on no other match safe record in the Gorham Archives... The work records do not indicate how this was achieved. Possibly, the technique was achieved by electroplating the gold and silver on top of the surface, which may have been acid-etched prior to the electroplating."

    Condition Report*: Dent to front, wear commensurate with age.
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    8th-10th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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