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iconnumber posted 03-10-2004 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for amandarez     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just recently purchased a cake? server at an auction. The marks are without a doubt Gorham but I am used to seeing a date mark as well which this doesn't have. Did Gorham ever just use their mark and not add a date mark?


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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 03-11-2004 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi. By cake server do you mean a flatware or a hollowware item?

Gorham used date marks on very few pieces of flatware. Much, but not all, of their hollowware was date marked. From 1934-1940, no date marks were used at all.

If you could post pictures of the piece/marks, we might be able to help ID and date it.

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iconnumber posted 02-15-2006 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is an example of a date mark on a piece of Gorham flatware. It is an enameled cocktail fork in the (Old) Medici pattern with a date mark for 1886. This fork is one of two in my possession that were obtained at different times. Both have the 1886 date mark. Did Gorham date mark all Medici enameled cocktail forks made in 1886? Did they only enamel them in 1886? Did they date mark other pieces of Medici, and if so did they mark them in other years? What criteria did Gorham use, if any, to date mark their pieces?

Does anyone have other pieces of Gorham flatware with date marks?

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