As far as we know, Gorham made two different models of this rare dish. One was for serving fish and the other was for serving salad. This example, a salad dish, and the fish serving dish (which you can see here) are the only times we have seen these forms. This fun design has the fish facing to the right and is beautifully executed with fins, scales and a textured face along with an open mouth and teeth. The underside of the tail fin is engraved with a lovely script 'CES' monogram.
This remarkable and rare Gorham platter is beautifully designed and executed with an attached ring base underneath which allows it to rest firmly.
Original archival image of the salad dish. Gorham Mfg. Co. Archives, John Hay Library, Brown University. (Funny that the photo is upside down, but as people who have tried to photograph this right side up - we feel their pain!)
This rare serving dish is marked underneath with Gorham's trademark with the 1884 date mark and 'STERLING/ 2040'. It measures 13.75 inches long by 8.5 inches deep by 2.25 inches high, weighs 22.35 troy ounces and is in excellent condition with even wear to its original interior gilding.
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