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iconnumber posted 12-25-2004 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TDC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a set of forks which are Gorham Sterling. They are somewhat similar to the Fontainebleau patter except it is of a woman. She is wearing a dress and appears to be using a large upright butterchurn. It may also be some type of grape smasher because there also appears to be a wine theme (bottles on back of fork). I have not been able to identify the pattern. It is engraves with my great-great-grandmother's initials which would put it sometime in the late 1800s. I would post pictures, however I am having difficulty getting the Internet posting thing to work. Thanks.

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iconnumber posted 12-28-2004 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gorham produced three very similar patterns; Fontainebleau, Gilpen and The Piper. Gilpen and The Piper depict children, while Fontainebleau is all adults. Each of the patterns is also multi-motif, which means that each different type of piece will have a different character on the handle (though there will be some repetition). The woman churning butter is one of the Fontainebleau motifs, so your forks are Fontainebleau.

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iconnumber posted 12-29-2004 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TDC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you so much. Does anyone happen to know the years which the Fontainebleau pattern was made?

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iconnumber posted 01-13-2005 11:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for americanpotluck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fontainebleau was introduced in 1882. I am not certain as to the period of time it was actively being produced. However, I recently acquired a Made To Order brochure for Gorham which shows Fontainebleau as one of the patterns available through the program. The brochure is dated October 1963.

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