Gorham 'Lancaster Rose' Saratoga Chip Server, Providence, RI, c. 1899
Potato chips were purportedly invented in Saratoga Springs, NY, and these uncommon namesake servers were very high fashion for serving these delicacies. Today, they are used for a myriad of foods and are quite elegant.
Lancaster Rose was a popular pattern by Gorham and features a handle with beaded sides and roses at the top. The handle is engraved '1874-1899', so it likely made a lovely 25th-anniversary gift. The reverse is engraved with the initial 'M'. The stunning, gilt large bowl is fluted and pierced with circular punches and floral designs.
This beautiful antique server is marked with Gorham's trademark and 'STERLING.' It measures 8.75 inches long, weighs 2.40 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.