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iconnumber posted 02-10-2007 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for brubaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Hello I am new to the site and would like a bit of help to identify the marks on a very small silver dish.The photo is the first I have taken of Silver marks and is a bit rough but you can still see the marks any help would be greatly appreciated.Hope I'm doing this right this is the link for image,

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iconnumber posted 02-10-2007 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to the forums.

We like to hear something about our new member's interest in silver.

The mark is Gorham.

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iconnumber posted 02-12-2007 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to the forum! In addition to telling us something about your interest in silver and in this object in particular, please also post a photo or two of the object itself. One of the purposes of this forum is for people who enjoy silver to see and appreciate interesting silver objects. You are likely to get a more complete answer if you share in this way.

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2007 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for brubaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the link to the photo of the Gorham silver bowl and thank you for the information greatly appreciated.

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2007 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FWG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did get to see the photo before it was taken down, and it looked like a fairly standard small pierced dish by Gorham, probably dating to the mid-20th century. I've never been sure what these were for, and it's not clear whether this one was very small (3-4 inches - 10cm or thereabouts), or more like 6-7 inches (15-20cm or thereabouts) -- one sees them in both sizes. The somewhat larger one is often identified as a candy or nut dish, the smaller seems even less certain.

It would be interesting to know how this piece of American commercial silver ended up in Belfast -- they may have had outlets there, but does this relate to a shortage of local silversmiths? A preference for an American rather than English product? A gift or souvenir, or someone who moved there?

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