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iconnumber posted 11-01-2006 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mark77     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did Gorham ever have a Canadian subsidiary? If so, what was their trademark, and where was it located?

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iconnumber posted 11-01-2006 07:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hello     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I "think" they did. I seem to remember something about Birks (Canadian Tiffany) buying out the Canadian division of Gorham around circa 1900. Maybe others know more...

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iconnumber posted 11-02-2006 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mark77     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I emailed Gorham and they informed me that they did not have any Canadian subsidiary.

I am still trying to identify a trademark of a sphinx with the word sterling on the back of a pierced dish. Someone suggested it might be Gorham's of Canada, but they were wrong.

If anyone can help identify the mark, I would be very grateful.


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iconnumber posted 11-02-2006 05:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kayvee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gorham did have a Canadian subsidiary in the early 1900's located in Montreal, which used the same manufacturer's mark as the parent corporation.

In 1907 Birks purchased the Gorham Company of Canada, acquiring the dies for the Chantilly and Louis XIV flatware patterns. As part of the purchase agreement, Gorham agreed to stay out of the Canadian market for 10 years. For more information, consult Rainwater, revised 4th edition.

Could you draw or photograph your sphinx mark?

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iconnumber posted 11-04-2006 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Isn't it sad that Gorham doesn't know their own history?

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iconnumber posted 11-30-2006 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since what's left of Gorham silver appears to be manufacturered in New Jersey now (after it was acquired as a subsidiary of Lenox by Brown-Forman, who has now sold the whole kit and caboodle to Dept. 56)'s no surprise that there's no institutional memory left. The only place to find out anything meaningful about Gorham is the Hay library at Brown University, or at the RISD Museum.

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