This is an exceptional berry or cracker server in Gorham’s very rare 'Bird's Nest' pattern. Introduced c.1865, this pattern is one of the rarest and most unusual of the American naturalistic designs in silver.
It is comprised of multiple castings which were later hand-finished for detail and assembled into the various serving pieces. The handle is in the form of a tree branch that splits into three branches at the top which holds the bird's nest. The base of the handle has two large leaves which act as both decoration and support. The beautifully cast, 3-dimensional gilt nest contains three eggs. The fully cast bird with wings spread is perched on the handle watching over the eggs.The shaped bowl is gilt on the front and is engraved on the back with a 'K' initial.
This lovely server is marked on the back of the bowl with Gorham's trademark and 'STERLING.' It measures 9 inches long, weighs 2.15 troy ounces and is in excellent condition.