Gorham Modern Sterling Silver Presentation Centerpiece Bowl, Providence, RI, 1937
This hand-wrought, oval bowl has a subtle, hammered surface and beautiful sheen. A reeded border along with stunning flowers and flowing leaves with cherries displays a bold and lovely modern design. Underneath each of the flowers is a v-shaped stem that blends into the bowl.
The presentation on the side of the bowl reads:
PRESENTED TO ILLUSTRIOUS BROTHER ELLWOOD P. MOREY 33° BY THE MEMBERS OF THE ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE OF FREEMASONRY IN THE VALLEY OF WASHINGTON, ORIENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AS A TESTIMONIAL OF HIS FAITHFUL, COURTEOUS AND EFFICIENT SERVICE AS OUR DEPUTY OF THE SUPREME COUNCIL - 1921 TO 1937 DECEMBER 14, 1937
Ellwood P. Morey was a 33° Degree Scottish Rite. He was from Washington, D.C., where he had practiced law since 1899. He passed away in 1940. (1)
Gorham's "E" series silver from the 1930s was a high-end, handmade line of silver. Unfortunately, those records at the Gorham Archives are not accessible, so we cannot confirm if this is a unique piece as the markings indicate.
This wonderful and rare centerpiece is marked with Gorham's trademark and 'GORHAM/ STERLING/ E828/ HAND WROUGHT/ MADE FOR GALT & BRO.' It measures 13.75 inches long by 11.25 inches wide by 3.5 inches tall, weighs 39.05 troy ounces, and is in excellent condition.