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AMD

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iconnumber posted 01-14-2009 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AMD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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A collector came to me with this bowl--see images. It is about 9 inches in diameter 7 inches in height. It bears marks by Gorham, including the date letter for 1871. The interior is gilt, and it is compartmentalized by a lid (with cut work) that sits on a lip half way down the interior of the bowl. I cannot figure out what such a serving piece would have been used for. If you have any insights, I'd love to hear from you.

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 01-14-2009 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My experience is that when the lid sits down into a piece, it is for sewing. A pin cushion sits on top of the lid. However, never saw one with a pierced lid. There do exists some silver bowls for lace making, which are really strange. The explanation of how they were used was beyond my understanding. They are usually European.

Nice piece tho. My guess is sewing kit.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 01-14-2009 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi AMD, Your piece is an ice bowl.
There should be a number 775 on it.
Does the piercing on the rim match the piercing on the grill ("lid")?

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AMD

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iconnumber posted 01-15-2009 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AMD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, there is a 775 stamped on the bottom, as well as a 2. And the piercing in both places is of the same pattern. Do you have a Gorham catalogue or other reference that sustantiates this? My first thought was that it was some sort of bowl in which ice or hot water was added to the bottom compartment. But, without a lid, whatever was to sit on top of the ice (or hot water)would not have remained cold (or hot) very long.

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agphile

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iconnumber posted 01-15-2009 09:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agphile     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wouldn't chunks of ice for use in drinks sit on top of the grill which would allow melt water to drip down to the lower part?

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 01-15-2009 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AMD, See Silver Magazine September-October 1989, "The Class of 1870 Gorham Sterling Ice Bowls".
agphile, Sounds good to me.

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AMD

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iconnumber posted 01-15-2009 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AMD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you so very much. Mystery solved!

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