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george

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iconnumber posted 02-25-2001 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for george     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I have a highly chased three handled Gorham Loving cup marked with the typical lion anchor and G markings. Under that is Sterling and on the third line is the number 630 and the bottom line is 2 1/2 Pint. Is there any way to research the age of this piece and any history. I got it from a 60 year old lady who said it had belonged to her father

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 02-25-2001 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It sounds like the piece should have a Gorham date mark. Most Gorham pieces of that kind did. You should look closely for another tiny mark that will probably be a symbol of some kind. When you find that, you can look in Rainwater, or post a picture or good description of that mark. Then you'll find out the exact year it was made. As for the history of the piece, you'll probably have to ask the lady you got it from. Are there any inscriptions on it?

You can also find out how long it took to make the piece, and how much it cost, by getting an archive report from Sam Hough. I think these are 25.00, but I've never gotten one so am not sure.

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george

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iconnumber posted 02-25-2001 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for george     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info in your reply. I did find a very small mark on the bottom edge. I looks like the frontal view of a bird with wings
protruding and in the body are two horizontal bars similar to ones worn by an army captain insignia. I am not familiar with Rainwater. Is that a reference book that I might find in a Library?

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Scott Martin
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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 02-25-2001 11:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Rainwater" means Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers by Dorothy Rainwater. It is an essential volume for any silverphile--it illustrates 1000s of marks for various Victorian and later makers. The latest edition is only 20.00, well worth the $$.

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