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brwvabell

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iconnumber posted 09-22-2003 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for brwvabell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there a way to tell Gorham Silver from silverplate?

I found a ladle today that has the marks:

81 Gorham and then an anchor ..In that order.

No indication of silverplate or otherwise.

Thank You,

Brenda

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 09-22-2003 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,

Fortunately, it isn't all that difficult. From the 1860's until the middle of the 20th century, Gorham always marked their sterling with the Lion / Anchor / G trademark, usually accompanied by the word STERLING. Very early pieces may have just the trademark, without STERLING, but they are sterling or coin. The only slight exception is Martele, but that is its own kettle of fish.

When you see a piece of Gorham with just the Anchor, it is plated. It may say Gorham, Gorham E.P., Gorham Electroplate, Gorham Co., etc., but the single anchor is the key to identifying a piece as silverplate.

I hope this helps!

Brent

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iconnumber posted 09-25-2003 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for brwvabell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brent,

I am so grateful for your help!!

Thank You .. Very Much.

You make it Really Easy to understand!!

Brenda

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