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iconnumber posted 02-19-2009 07:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wessex96     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


I am a newcomer. I live in the UK and have a general (but not very knowledgeable) interest in old silver. I also collect button hooks and the occasional shoe horn and, like many others, have become particularly interested in items manufactured by Gorham. I have looked at Carpenter's book on Gorham Silver and the article on Gorham Marks on the "The Owl at the Bridge" web site, but still have not been able to interpret fully the production numbers used on some Gorham items. Can any Gorham experts help in explaining some of my specific examples?

Example 1 - 1383 M

The button hook is shown in the 1896 Gorham catalogue as part of the "Sterling Silver Toilet Ware - 1350 M Line". Does anyone know the reason why an "M" suffix was adopted?

Example 2 - E 2523 M

The handle on this hook has traces of enamel inlay. It is also shown in the 1896 catalogue (without enamel) as 2523 M, part of the "2500 M Line - Indian Chased". Is the "E" prefix a Gorham indicator for enamel, perhaps?

Example 3 - 3235

Is anyone aware of the reason for the additional "P" after the scissors (1907) date mark on the handle of this button hook?

Example 4 - B7-18

Does the "7-18" format on this hook have a particular meaning? I have also a matching cuticle knife that has the identical number. (Re. The Owl at the Bridge, I assume that the "B" prefix is the code added for the post-1898 production of dressing table accessories, etc, in Providence.)

Example 5 - C82 7500

The letter "C" on this shoe horn has been stamped partly over the leading number "8". Again, although the C font is larger than that of the other numbers, could this still be a prefix to indicate post-1898 Providence production? Is there a significance to the "82 7500" style of numbering? The handle is also stamped "PAT. 1919".

Example 6 - 1-35C

The mark on this button hook may be a similar format to Example 4 with the "C" as a suffix indicating New York manufacture. It has a 1921 date mark.

Any comments gratefully received!

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iconnumber posted 02-19-2009 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to the forums. Beautiful images. As time goes by hopefully you will have the opportunity to get together with the Scott Martin the forum master and do a "slide show" of your collection.

There are some folks on this forum who are well versed on the idiosyncrasies of Gorham markings, and hopefully one or more of them will be looking in on your posting soon. They may not have all the answers, but they're likely to either answer your question or point you in the right direction if they cannot.

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iconnumber posted 02-20-2009 10:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You've probably already been here, but just in case, it looked worthwhile: [gone from the internet -] Gorham Marks

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iconnumber posted 02-21-2009 04:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wessex96     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Bascall - I have in fact come across that. However, on re-reading it, I notice that it states (see the first example I gave):

'I have recently seen several pieces, including one in glass and a sterling chatelaine, marked with a number followed by the letter 'M.' Although I have no idea of the significance at this time, I can say that the 'M' is not a date mark.'

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