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dinah

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iconnumber posted 01-08-2005 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dinah     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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This is a Gorham pattern (according to the silvermarks) but I can not identify the pattern.

Can someone help?

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 01-08-2005 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a source that should allow me to identify it, but I need to know the date.

TM

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dinah

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iconnumber posted 01-08-2005 11:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dinah     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't have a date. It was my mother's who was married in 1939 and it could have belonged to her mother because the monogram is a B. These are ice cream forks.

The silver mark is a lion facing right, an anchor and an ornate G with the word sterling underneath the symbols.

Does this help?

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 01-09-2005 12:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry, no luck. The closest I came was an 1890 pattern called Marie Antoinette, but it is not an exact match.

TM

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dinah

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iconnumber posted 01-09-2005 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dinah     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yes that's very close, thanks for looking. do you know any resources that I might head to next?

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Scott Martin
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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 01-09-2005 01:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Dinah,

Possible that this is not a full-line pattern. It might have only been made in a few pieces, like your ice cream forks and a server, etc. Often these didn't really have a pattern name, sometimes just a number or letter designation, or simply a description in the catalogue. It's very pretty, would guess it to date quite a bit earlier than your Mother's wedding.

Cheryl ;o)

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 01-09-2005 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oops, Scott slipped that in while I was writing! One of the variations of Marie Antoinette, now you know!

Cheryl wink

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 01-09-2005 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad to know I hit the mark (no pun intended!), since the picture I had was not of a speciality item. According to my research, the date of the pattern is 1890.

As for resources, there are hundreds of Gorham patterns and serveral replacement silver companies who will match items that are out of circulation.

Good luck and thanks for sharing the lovely piece.

TM

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dinah

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iconnumber posted 01-09-2005 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dinah     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks tons. that's it exactly. You were wonderful to help me out.

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Marc

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iconnumber posted 01-10-2005 01:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi there Dinah,

The pattern is indeed "MARIE ANTOINETTE" the pattern introduced by Gorham in 1890. It is multimotif, but is very easy to identify. Picture the cartouche on the front as a face and with a 'sharpie' pen, put in 2 eyeballs and a smile. The design around her face, and to the tip of the piece, is is her hairdo (she liked to pile it high). It is always done real fancy. Hope this helps. Marc Cutcher

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