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dragonflywink

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They're all lovely, but gotta say, the water lily is just too beautiful - but also really like the new rustic piece with the log bowl, it's different...

~Cheryl

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Vetdaddy

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Polly, to quote you: "I'm going to do my best to cool it with the ladles" .....good luck with your addiction, as I certainly have found no cure for mine!!! Just when I feel I am on the road to recovery, on is my computer.....and off I go searching.....and searching.....and searching....


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asheland

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The Gorham Lady's pattern is AWESOME! You must update with pictures! biggrin

I have a sugar spoon in a variant of Lady's, I've seen mine called "Olive Branch" I need an example of Lady's with the hand holding on to the bowl. One of these days... smile

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-27-2018 01:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Gorham Lady's Pattern ladle is here!

It's marked with the Gorham marks, STERLING, and PAT.APPL.FOR, which I believe puts it before 1868, when the patent was granted. It's 7 3/4 inches long (they come in different lengths) and very roughly 2 1/2 ozt. In some of these photos I show it with my Lady's Pattern silver tongs, which is marked PAT'68 instead. The tongs is wearing a ring on its right hand; the ladle is holding the bowl with its right hand, but no ring. Both are wearing lace gloves (you can see the remains of the applied lace texture in the low spots, but most of it has worn off), with different lace cuffs.

I love this pattern so much.







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asheland

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Just WOW! Those are so cool together. This is a pattern that excites me when I see it. In my opinion it's one of the very best of all time!

Congrats on the new ladle! smile

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-28-2018 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you, TJ! I wish I knew more about the designers who came up with these things.

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dragonflywink

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Gorgeous, Polly - nice monogram too...

~Cheryl

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asheland

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From my research, it was designed by George Wilkinson. Carpenter's book likely says a lot about him, I need to dust that book off and actually read it one of these days. biggrin It's on the to do list.

He designed a lot of those early and interesting patterns around then. They made some splendid patterns in the 1860's that's for sure!

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Polly

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Thanks, Cheryl! EFA (or AFE or EAF etc), right?

TJ, I obviously need to get that book!

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asheland

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Gorham Silver and he did one for Tiffany.

Both are great books and at least when I got my copies, they had dropped in price. Hopefully you can obtain a copy reasonably. smile

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I'd say 'EFA' too - should be in order of the sizes, with the largest initial for the surname, but it can be really hard to read those fancy entwined monograms.

My Carpenter 'Gorham Silver' is the first printing, beat up and very used (a Lady's ladle similar to yours is pictured on page 85), and the Tiffany book is well worn as well, Dr. Hood's 'Tiffany Silver Flatware' is also one of my favorites, great for lovers of flatware, regardless of maker. Wilkinson was Gorham's chief designer from 1860 to 1891, and superintendent until his death in 1894 - he did obtain patents on similar 1860s patterns, and believe he was the designer of Lady's too, though I've looked over the years, and haven't yet found its patent.

~Cheryl

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Polly

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I just ordered a copy of Carpenter's Gorham book from a used bookstore. I don't have any Tiffany silver, so I don't have any Tiffany books, but those sound like good ones. (Tiffany silver always seems to go for several times the price of similar objects by makers without currently fashionable designer names, so I prefer to spend my pennies on Gorham, Whiting, Shiebler, etc.)

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asheland

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I agree, Tiffany seems to always be priced higher, but on the high end, Gorham is every bit as good as Tiffany (if not better)

In my humble opinion of course. biggrin


I believe you'll like that book, I'm glad you found a copy.

Here's my example:

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Polly

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That's a beautiful variation. Does it have a patent date?

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asheland

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To the best of my knowledge, it's also 1868.
It only has the Gorham and STERLING marks, nothing else.

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My latest addition is a small Gorham cream ladle with a poppy-shaped bowl in the New Tipt pattern, in its original box. (The angle of the photos make it look as though it doesn't fit in the box, but that's just an illusion. It does fit.) The interior of the bowl is gilded. It's marked STERLING, with the Gorham lion-anchor-G, and PAT '71.

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iconnumber posted 07-19-2018 10:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent!!!

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