A55

Gorham Antique Sterling Silver & Other Metals Child's Set, Providence, RI, 1881-83


This rare mixed metal child's set consists of a bowl, plate and spoon.

The bowl, with canted corners, is adorned with four various japonesque scenes of butterflies in flight, a flower garden, a woman with parasol and a laborer carrying buckets walking over a bridge with a frog.

The frog and butterflies are brass and the other applied images are copper.

The bowl is further hand-engraved with foliate background. The spoon has applied sand motif from which blooms a applied copper flower. The unusual dish has overturned edges There are four applied birds in flight, a butterfly floral foliage and a frog. Once again, the frog is brass and the other images are copper.

Hand-engraved clouds and a village scene in the foreground of mountains decorate the plate. The plate and bowl are engraved 'Sidney Kent Becker/ 1884' and the spoon is engraved on the back 'Sidney'.

This wonderful set is marked with Gorham's trademark and 'STERLING & OTHER METALS'. The bowl and plate are marked with the model numbers '250' and '250P' respectively. The plate measures 6.75 square. The bowl is 5 inches square by 3 inches high. The set weighs a combined 20.25 troy ounces and is very good antique condition with slight wear to the highlights. Having a set stay with its original pieces is quite a rare find. We have not been able to find out who Sidney was but we are sure he ate in style from a very early age.
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