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Gorham 'Isis' Pattern Antique Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter, 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 bowl of this small server features wonderful pierce-work and fine engraving of three leaves and engraved decoration around the shaped edge. Only some Isis pieces include the more expensive engraving or piercing.

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 sifter is marked on the back with Gorham's trademark and 'STERLING. It measures 6.5 inches long weighs 1.25 troy ounces, has never been monogrammed and is in excellent antique condition.

Provenance: From the collection of Dale E. Bennett