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Brent

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iconnumber posted 08-19-2002 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Gorham Archives and the Study of Nineteenth-Century American Silver

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 27 / 28 September 2002

Program

    Friday 27 September, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Tours available of:
  1. the Gorham Archives, John Hay Library;
  2. Gorham silver at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum;
  3. Gorham tools and machinery;
  4. the Gorham Archives exhibit at the John Hay Library.
Registration for the tours is $25.00. Please make check out to Brown
University and mail to The Owl at the Bridge, 25 Berwick Lane, Cranston, RI
02905-3708

Saturday 28 September

    10:00 AM - noon, tours offered as above
    noon, lunch
    1:00, Speakers:
  1. D. Albert Soeffing, New York City. Scholar of American
    silver manufacture.
  2. Larry Pristo, Phoenix. Author of Martelé, Gorham's Nouveau
    Art Silver.
  3. Peter DiCristofaro, Providence. Founder, Providence Jewelry
    Museum.
  4. Ubaldo Vitale, Maplewood, New Jersey. Master silversmith.
The lectures are free and open to the public.

Contributions for deferring expenses of the program will be greatly
appreciated.
Contact Sam Hough directly by e-mail: Owlbridge@cox.net

We can assist in finding lodging and meals.

Exhibition: The Gorham Archives at Brown University will open 15 September and extend through 15 November.

The 15-minute 1950 Gorham film "Gracious Heritage" will be shown on a monitor throughout the exhibition.

The CD-ROMs of the Gorham catalogs will be on display.

The Archives of the Gorham Manufacturing Company, a leading American maker of silver wares, bronze statuary, and other products, with its factory in Providence, Rhode Island, were given to Brown University by Textron in 1988. This archive is one of the largest surviving industrial archives and
reflects the firm's rich artistic heritage. The Gorham Archive at Brown University is complemented by the excellent collection of Gorham wares in the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design just one block away.

The exhibition "The Gorham Archives" is intended to reveal the enormous resource that lies in these records. The conference "The Gorham Archives and the Study of Nineteenth Century Silver" is intended to draw a wide audience to explore how the Gorham Archives make possible the study of American silver in a scholarly, documented manner.

The event's moderator will be Samuel J. Hough of Cranston. Formerly Assistant Librarian at the John Carter Brown Library, he now runs a book and research service called The Owl at the Bridge. He organized the Gorham Archives, and he has published many articles and co-authored a book on Gorham silver.

D. Albert Soeffing, of Manhattan and Philadelphia, teaches a course on silver at New York University. He has published a book, Silver Medallion Flatware, and numerous articles on 19th-century American silver companies.

Larry Pristo has a doctorate in psychology and an active practice in Arizona. He has spent many days, weeks, months conducting the research for his book, Martelé: Gorham's Nouveau Art Silver.

Peter DiCristofaro, founder of the Providence Jewelry Museum, has collected machinery and artifacts of jewelry and silver manufacturers. When Gorham closed its Elmwood factory, Di Cristofaro was able to obtain hundreds of rolls, dies, and other objects< beautiful works of art in themselves, and distinctive for silver manufacturers because the skill and cost required to make such objects was beyond the possibilities of any small shop.

Ubaldo Vitale's roots are in Rome, where five generations of his family have been silversmiths. Now working in the United States, Vitale brings consummate skill as a craftsman, extensive knowledge of the history of science, how that applies to the history of technology, and how that, in turn, influenced silver making. He has used the Gorham Archives while
seeking answers to the question, How did America's silversmiths transform from marginal, provincial, not important players in 1850 to become the most advanced silver industry in the world by 1880?

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 08-19-2002 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This should be an interesting event. Hopefully we will get an update on the Gorham design library. Last Spring, Sam Hough gave a lecture at the NYU silver conference and predicted the design library was destined for destruction by Brown-Forman, Gorham's parent company.
Gorham Confronts the Modern

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 10-06-2002 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have heard that this conference was very successful. About 45 people attended from all over the country and I believe there were some overseas attendees as well. Can any of our forum participants tell us more?

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David C Walters

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iconnumber posted 06-05-2012 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C Walters     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was just looking through some old threads and came across this one from before I became a member of the forum.

I am not sure if this is new information or not, but the 1950s (or 1940s?) Gorham film mentioned above "This Gracious Heritage" is now available on youtube. Some company that deals with old industrial films posted a truncated version of it. I took the time to copy the film into an mpeg file as I think it is an incredible look at the company.

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chase33

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iconnumber posted 06-05-2012 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok 2 things about this post:
  1. When I started reading it, I began planning a trip to Providence Sept 27 & 28 and was really excited until it finally caught my eye that the post was originally posted in 2002! Bummer!

  2. The film on youtube is great. Get it if you can. I have watched it trying to see if I can spot what patterns can be seen. The "Silver Ballet" near the end is wonderful!

PS - Anyone know of other films out there from Gorham or other manufacturers?

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David C Walters

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iconnumber posted 06-06-2012 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C Walters     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry about that Robert! I could see the same thing happening to me. I came across the Gorham video about two weeks ago and I was so excited about it that I wanted to make sure everyone else knew it was there. I wasn't sure if I should start a new post or respond to this older one.

If anyone is interested in the mpeg I made of the video, acquire my contact information from Scott. I would have no problem sharing it. The file is too big for an email, but I'd be happy to put it on a disc and send it to anyone that really wanted a copy of it.

David

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nutmegr

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I just wanted to thank you, David, for that link. The film was really fun! The scenes of the workers in the Gorham factory were amazing - it's a tragedy how most of that artisanship has been lost.

On a side note, I was floored by the sheer size of the silver chest on the dining room table! Wow!
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Lisa

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David C Walters

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Lisa ~ Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I was equally impressed with the silver chest.

Scott ~ Thank you for posting a direct link to the video.

Robert ~ I personally haven't found any other videos as long as this one. The only other thing I could find on youtube is an undated International Silver commercial that looks like it could be from anywhere from the late 1940's to the mid-1960's. Let me know if you go looking for it and have trouble finding it and I will post a link to that as well.

David

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Polly

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I just watched that movie--zowie! I really enjoyed the scenes in the factory, and that "silver ballet" at the end is pretty trippy.

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chase33

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iconnumber posted 06-10-2012 07:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
David

I found a video of a 1941 sales training film for International Silver on youtube but no undated commercial. If you can post a link I would appreciate it.

Thanks

Robert

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David C Walters

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iconnumber posted 06-10-2012 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C Walters     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert,

Thank you so much for bringing the training video to my attention. Somehow I missed that one. I just found it and am in the process of making an mpeg out of it. This really makes me wonder how many silver related videos there are on youtube that are just waiting to be found. I will have to be more thorough with my searches.

Anyway, here is the link to the commercial I mentioned above:
International Sterling commercial

Let me know if you stumble across any others that I missed.

Thank you!

David

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chase33

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Thanks David,

That was a pretty good one too. I like how she lost her raincoat!

Since it ended with the address with a zip code, it had to be 1963 or after. I am going to try to see if I can identify some of the patterns to help narrow it down some more.

Robert

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taloncrest

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That was pretty interesting, but I don't think that ad is old at all. In one close up on three patterns at the end, the two on the right are stainless ones that show up often in thrift store bins (hey, I collect stainless flatware as well!), and the swirly ended one I would judge to be no earlier than the 1980s. I'm guessing that this is a different company with a similar name that is selling flatware, but for some reason not using actual sterling in the ad.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 06-10-2012 11:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This appears to be a student film made in 2009.
Check out Margo VanBuren's other videos.

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David C Walters

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Thanks for figuring that one out Richard. I wish I knew why Margo felt compelled to make an old-fashioned International Silver commercial...but she fooled me either way! It never occurred to me to dig into the provenance of the commercial.

Robert's question still stands - does anyone know of any other old silver videos like the Gorham film mentioned above? I'd be fascinated to find more like it.

David

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