Gorham (attributed) 'Old English' Antique Coin Silver Server, c. 1860's
This is a beautiful server in its original tooled leather exterior with satin and felt-lined fitted box.
Multiple castings joined together form this wonderful slice. The handle is hexagonal in shape and is joined to the blade with a round reinforcement decorated with fine beading. The top part of the handle has a flaring conical device below a flat disc with a beaded edge. Reminiscent of the seal-top spoons, this unique design is beautifully engraved 'A.B.' on the top of the disc.
This lovely server is totally unmarked. Items in this pattern are rarely marked, however we have seen a couple pieces in this pattern bearing Gorham's trademark. This service also comes in the original fitted box stamped 'GORHAM Co & BROWN/ SILVERSMITHS/ PROVIDENCE R.I'.
According to Gorham Silver by Charles Carpenter, 'Gorham, Co. & Brown, the predecessor to the present Tilden-Thurber, was founded in 1856 by John Gorham and Gorham Thurber with a man named Henry T. Brown. Brown ran the store, which was an outlet for Gorham & Company silver wares, plus other luxury items' (pp. 59-60).
This server measures 9.75 inches long and is gilded on the front of the blade. It weighs 3.10 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition with a couple scratches to the front of the blade. The original box has wear to the outside and a stain to the interior satin.
Provenance: From the collection of Providence antiquarian Nino Scotti.
Our Price: $495.00
Item code: D032