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    A GORHAM SILVER REPOUSSÉ RASPBERRY WATER PITCHER
    Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, dated 1915
    Marks: (lion-anchor-G), STERLING, A9687, 5 PINT, (date mark)
    11 inches high (27.9 cm)
    40.83 troy ounces

    From The Lauren Stanley Silver Collection

    The lightly hammered pitcher with chased repoussé raspberries on vines issuing from the naturalistic vine angular C-form handle mounted with leaves, raspberry cluster thumb rest, everted rim and circular foot bordered with a vine; monogrammed AJB to body.

    Included with this lot is a copy of the report written by design historian Samuel Hough based on Gorham records. According to Hough, the A9687 pitcher was first completed in June 1915. Three pitchers were made, each weighing 38.60 troy ounces of sterling silver. Spinning them to shape took three hours twenty minutes; casting took to fifty minutes; cast chasing took three and a half hours; the silversmith's time twenty and three-quarter hours; and the pitcher was chased for twenty hours.

    For the next several years Gorham produced this pitcher in batches of three. A second costing card records the twelfth batch of three, made in December 1918. Finally one was made to order in September 1921, costing more than twice the price five years earlier.


    Condition Report*: In good condition overall, with general wear such as surface scratching commensurate with age.
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