DescriptionA Four-Piece Gorham Martelé Silver Coffee Service, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1899-1905
Marks: Martelé, (lion-anchor-G under eagle), (various)
11-1/2 inches high x 13-1/2 inches wide (29.2 x 34.3 cm) (tray)
11-1/8 inches high (28.3 cm) (coffee pot)
76.56 troy ounces
Lot comprising Turkish coffee pot, open sugar, open creamer, and tray, each engraved MSC to underside.
Marks to coffee pot: Martelé, (lion-anchor-G under eagle), 950-1000 FINE, 2245, 1 1/2 PINT, (scythe)
Marks to sugar bowl: Martelé, (lion-anchor-G under eagle), .9584, JCX, SPAULDING & CO., CHICAGO.
Marks to creamer: Martelé, (lion-anchor-G under eagle), .9584, JCY, SPAULDING & CO., CHICAGO.
Marks to tray: Martelé, (lion-anchor-G under eagle), 950-1000 FINE, CMU
The Gorham archives indicates production of sugar bowl JCX began May 24, 1905 and required 27 hours of production by William L. Hughes Jr. and 49 hours of chasing at a cost of $80; production of creamer JCY began May 24, 1905 and required 24 hours of production by William L. Hughes Jr. and 48 hours of chasing at a cost of $76.
The Gorham archives indicates production of coffee pot 2245 began October 7, 1899 and required 42 hours of production and 75 hours of chasing by George A.F. Shakel at a cost of $140. The archives also notes that the coffee pot was originally manufactured as part of a three-piece set, with JCX and JCY as companion pieces. It is unclear why there was a 4-1/2 year lapse in production of the set in total.
Note: The Gorham archives notes that the sugar bowl and creamer were probably gilded to the interiors at the time of their manufacture. The tray appears to be a married but matching piece.
Two dime-sized dimples to each cartouche to coffee pot, light dimple to sugar cartouche, errant nicking and scratching, scuffing to underside of tray, with wear commensurate with age, polishing, and use.
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