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iconnumber posted 04-20-2007 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for avalata     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

This seems to be the right forum - I recently purchased this interesting salt spoon that appears to carry Gorham marks similar to those used on the Cairo pattern, and the mixed metals decoration is also similar. The end of the handle, however, is not like any of the pieces of Cairo pattern I've been able to find pictures of, and Mr. Hood's article in Silver Magazine stated that the handle shape in this pattern was uniform across all observed pieces. I am not sure if this handle shape is known to be another Gorham pattern or not. I would be interested in hearing anyone's thoughts on whether this piece is a Gorham piece or a fake, Cairo or not, and whether anyone has observed anything similar!

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Richard Kurtzman

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iconnumber posted 04-21-2007 04:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This piece appears to be the real thing. This technique was used by Gorham on many different forms of holloware, but this is the first piece of flatware that I have seen with this handle end. When I get a chance I will post photos of other pieces.
(Have you ever bought silver during Fleet Week in NY?)

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iconnumber posted 04-21-2007 06:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for avalata     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the reply - I haven't been able to do much in the way of shopping for antiques in NYC, always too many other committments!

The handle on this piece is a mystery to me as well; it almost looks like some of the styling one sees with the pieces created in the "Egyptian" taste, at least to me.

I have been buying a few pieces of later 19th century American silver for myself over the past year or two, but this is the first piece I can't find another example of out there. Would the book on Gorham silver talk about this pattern, or an inquiry to Silver Magazine be helpful? My main area has always been coin silver, and it may just be a case of not having the right reference materials!

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 04-21-2007 03:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neat piece. I think this pattern was one of many non-full-line designs Gorham introduced in the 1880s. I have had this salt spoon before--sans the Cairo-esque decoration. I don't think I have ever seen a regular old pattern given the Cairo treatment, other than the typical Antique pattern. I wonder if one could have ordered the metal inlays on any piece of silver flatware. Doing a quick search, I didn't find a name or image of this pattern in the Gorham catalog CDs.

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iconnumber posted 04-21-2007 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for avalata     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info! I guess I'll just have to consider it one of a kind - hopefully it will look even better in hand after a little polishing. I will make sure to post a picture of this piece in good light and fully cleaned up once I've received it, in case anyone needs a reference picture. Thanks again!

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iconnumber posted 06-06-2007 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul S     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The same spoon sold at Heritage on May 22, 2004 lot #18692.

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iconnumber posted 06-07-2007 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for salmoned     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, it appears to be the same type and pattern, but not actually the same [identical] spoon.

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