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Jen
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iconnumber posted 11-04-2002 03:25 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi. Been trying to get some information on a Gorham pendant I have. Been wearing it for years but someone recently told me it's an old piece and I should keep it in a safe place. Any help with identification would be greatly appreciated. It's approx 2" by 1 1/4" Marked of the back with:
1)Gorham Sterling
2)what I think to be as lion facing right, an anchor, and a fancy G
3)The botton line has what looks to be a 36 stamped on it. Gorham couldn't ref. this right away.

On it is a picture of a classical woman with toga wearing a crown of leaves and playing a harp/lyre facing right on step and in front of podium. Oval pendant has dot detailing along border.

Many thanks. I'd love to know how old this is. I can get a picture if need be. Many thanks.
-Jen

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 11-04-2002 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jen,
Welcome to the Silver Salon Forums.
When discussing silver, especially jewelry, photos are always interesting and helpful.
Preliminarily, the "lion facing right, an anchor, and a fancy G" is the makers' mark used by Gorham on sterling silver products.

Please post some photos or you may e-mail the photos to me and I will post them for you.

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 11-04-2002 08:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Jen. As Scott said, we'd love to see photographs of the pendant. Look at the back again--besides the marks you describe, is there a tiny symbol or a single letter anywhere? Often, Gorham marked their Victorian jewelry with date symbols. If yours has such a mark, we can pin down the exact year it was made. However, the word "Gorham" on a piece of jewelry might indicate it is of more recent vintage.

[This message has been edited by Paul Lemieux (edited 11-04-2002).]

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Jen
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iconnumber posted 11-04-2002 09:06 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Paul. I e-mailed scott a picture to post. The back only has the 3 lines I described originally. I can't seem to find any information on the little "36" below the symbols though. Any idea? Many thanks.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 11-04-2002 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is Jen's photo. She indicates that she will try to get a better photo (camera). But it is a start....

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 11-05-2002 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Without seeing the marks, pieces such as this were made in relatively large quantities within the last thirty years.

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iconnumber posted 11-22-2002 11:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Hey Scott here's 2 clearer scans the gorham pendant I mentioned. Can you post? Many thanks for all of your help.
-Jen

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 11-22-2002 11:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks to me like 1940s-1970s vintage.

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Jen
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iconnumber posted 11-23-2002 02:26 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You guys are fantastic. Thanks so much for the continuing help. I received a letter from someone at gorham today that they won't be able to access the archives until 2003 but that they suspect this may be Euterpe, the Greek godess of music.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 12-13-2002 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your piece was made between 1967 and 1989 when Gorham was owned by Textron. It was part of their "Gorham Archive Collection" and it was described as Article 6 Woman/Harp K/C
36. K/C stands for Key Chain.

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 12-13-2002 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Richard, thanks for the helpful information. Can you tell us any more about this "Archive Collection"? Such as what kinds of articles were produced, and whether the designs were based on earlier Gorham designs? Do you have a catalog or some such similar source on this line of silver?

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iconnumber posted 12-30-2002 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had this piece about five or six times. The info I posted came from one of the original boxes and its slipcase.

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