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Gorham 'Isis' Pattern Antique Sterling Silver Cake Server, Providence, RI, c. 1870

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Creative and innovative, Gorham's very rare Isis pattern was designed c. 1870 by their lead designer George Wilkinson. It has a rectangular handle end that terminates with a button. Connecting the functional end with the handle is a conjoined cobra and vulture wings, the traditional symbol of the United Kingdoms of Upper and Lower Egypt worn on the Pharaoh's crown. The gilded blade of this cake/pie server features bright-cut engraved decoration of of classical engraving and a serpent. The serrated top edge is used for cutting.

Egyptian design became popular at the end of the 1860's and Gorham's Isis pattern reflects the Egyptian taste in design. Also, its lean design displays a sense of modernism to us living in the 21st century. A fine example of this pattern, a fish serving fork and slice in the collection of the Dallas Museum of Art, is illustrated in Silver in America by Charles Venable, p. 69, fig. 3.26.

This wonderful server measures 11.25 inches long, weighs 2.80 troy ounces and is in very good condition with light scratching to the blade. It is marked with Gorham's trademark, "STERLING" and by the retailer "A STOWELL & CO'.