Gorham Antique Coin Silver Medallion Teapot, Providence, RI, c. 1865
This wonderful teapot by Gorham is a rare example of the Medallion pattern in holloware. Of spherical form with a die rolled cast band at the center with four (all different) cast applied applied medallions supported by a stepped pedestal foot. The strong geometric design is continued in the handle and spout. Finely engraved, classically inspired decoration adorns the body. This teapot measures 7.5 inches high and and 10 inches from handle to spout and weighs approximately 27 troy ounces. It is inscribed "Linda" in an Old English style and in excellent condition.
Today one of the most collected patterns around, Sam Hough believes the medallion pattern was first designed during the partnership of John Wendt, George Wilkinson and Augustus Rogers in 1861 in New York City. George Wilkinson (who returned to Gorham as their chief designer after the dissolution of the partnership) appears to have designed the pattern, although John Wendt was the first to patent it. The similarities between the Gorham and Wendt patterns lends credence to this dual creation and ownership theory - both partners making small changes in the original pattern to be fair to the other.