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InstantInfo

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posted 08-06-2010 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for InstantInfo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[26-2017]

I have a fork with Gorham marks and a code I can't match. A T inside a diamond. We are going through both our families silver and want to know more about it. Any Ideas?


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salmoned

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posted 08-07-2010 12:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for salmoned     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
T = Trade weight.

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Kimo

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posted 08-07-2010 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gorham made their silver in those days in five different quality levels with increasing amounts of silver per utensil. The least expensive were made with 9 ounces of silver for every 12 teaspoons and comparable weights for the forks and knives and other pieces. The highest quality ones were made with 15 ounces of silver for the same number of teaspoons. The intermediate quality versions were 10, 12, and 14 ounces respectively. Trade weight were the more affordable, lightest weight versions with 9 ounces of silver per dozen.

The patent date of 1895 is not necessarily the date your flatware was made. That is just the date this particular Gorham design was patented - Gorham made their designs for very long periods of time.

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Cheryl and Richard

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posted 10-23-2010 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cheryl and Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
InstantInfo, did you see the thread we started 12/5/00 titled Weight Symbols? If not, you might find it helpful.

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denimrs

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Here is a bit more information about your fork. It is the Chatilly pattern. Here is what Charles Carpenter said about the pattern in his book, "Gorham Silver" (published in 1982): "The most interesting thing about Chatilly is its popularity. It is the most popular sterling flatware pattern made in the twentieth century by any firm. Even today, eight decades after it was first issued, it continues to be Gorham's best-selling sterling flatware pattern."

I also have a fork in the Chantilly pattern and it does not have the lion/anchor/G mark. Instead it says just Gorham sterling. The Carpenter book does not seem to address when "Gorham" replaced the lion/anchor/G mark. If anyone knows that would put an outside date on your fork which does have that mark???

Elizabeth

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chase33

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posted 10-23-2010 11:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Elizabeth,

The generally accepted date is 1950 for the change from lion-anchor-g to gorham sterling. I know that patterns introduced the year or two before have always had the "Gorham Sterling" mark (like Melrose introduced in 1948).

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