This is a rare form in Gorham’s very rare 'Bird's Nest' pattern. Introduced c. 1869, this pattern is one of the rarest and most unusual of the American naturalistic designs in silver.
It is comprised of multiple castings and stampings which were later hand-finished for detail, then assembled into the various serving pieces. The handle is in the form of a tree branch that splits into three branches at the top, holding 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, elongated blade has a slightly raised edge and is gilt on both sides.
This wonderful server is marked on the back with Gorham's trademark and 'STERLING.' It measures 10.5 inches long, weighs 3.20 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition with even wear to the gilding.
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