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iconnumber posted 05-15-2002 02:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for smfc75     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Didn't the lion (in the lion anchor G trademark) always have a raised paw? Here is a lion with four on the floor. Fake Gorham or not?

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iconnumber posted 05-15-2002 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like early Gorham to me... The mark is consistent with those I have seen on several early pieces produced by this fine firm. I am no authority on Gorham and I believe these look real and probably very desirable to the collector of Medalion flatware. I would be curious to hear what the others have to say. It is alway important to expose fakes and edjucate the buying public.

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iconnumber posted 05-15-2002 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These are genuine pieces. I think they are circa 1885. When Shiebler revived interest in Medallions with his Homeric pattern, other companies, including Gorham, followed suit. These later Medallion pieces are usually more handmade-looking and asymmetrical than their 1860s Neoclassical style counterparts. Click here (An Interesting Set) for another example of later Gorham Medallion-type work from about 1880-85. I think I prefer these hand-made pieces, with their unusual hammered textures, over Gorham's first Medallion pattern, and was considering bidding on the forks smfc75 pointed out.

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