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Gorham Silver And Its Beauty

Todays Date: November 12, 2018

In the year 1831, in Rhode Island, Jabez Gorham founded the Gorham Silver Company which is one of the supreme producers of sterling silver and silver plate in America. While working for the company in the year 1895, the well known designer, William C. Codman developed one of the famous silver patterns known as Chantilly. This pattern has remained one of the best known patterns even today.

The luster of this company’s silverware has caught the sight of even the White House administrations and has been asked for by Mary Todd Lincoln and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant. On the special occasion of the 100th anniversary of the United States the company had proudly designed a sterling silver vase for Mrs. Grant. This silver vase contained more than 2,000 oz. of silver and was kept at the center of the display at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibit. The vase was had a height of 50 inches and a length of 62 inches. The design illustrated many scenes of the history of America on the face of it. It was displayed, in Paris and Chicago, but was eventually destroyed.

In their designs of silverware the company was prolific and a new pattern was created every few years. Gorham Silver stood distinctly apart when compared to all other silver makers in England. All over Europe Gorham turned out to be most recoginized for their flamboyant patterns and remarkable engraved details depicted in their dyes.

At the time of second World, weapons and other armaments were manufactured by the company to meet the demands of war. Actually, Gorham manufactured an array of shell casting for the Army and Navy.

One of the most known and most famous collections is that of the late Henry Jewett Furber. This collection contains 606 pieces of tableware and 132 pieces of hollowware. The company bought back the collection in 1949 at which time it was estimated to be valued at $1 million dollars. In today’s market that would be worth far more. Today the collection belongs to the RISD Museum after being donated by Gorham Silver.

The George Washington monument located in the heart of capitol is one of the most prominent monuments the company has ever designed. While looking at the Museum of Natural History you will come across the statue of Theodore Roosevelt in New York, another milestone of company`s craftsmanship. And a classic example of company`s creation is the statue of the “Independent Man” found in the state house of Rhode Island.

In recent years, the family of George W. Bush had the company provide the flatware service that would be used on Air Force One and the pattern chosen was Chantilly. Amongst its other noted American achievements, the company designed the magnificent trophies for two sporting events; the Indianapolis 500 trophy and the Borg-Warner Trophy.

In the most recent times the company has feathered out into the production of dinnerware. Their Chinese patterns are versatile and of highest quality even though they are delicate. The impressive designs and the quality products made the company stand out amongst the companies manufacturing quality dinnerware.

Alan enjoys writing about all things vintage. For more articles on silver collectables pay a visit to VintageSilerCollecting.com. We also provide a great selection of gorham flatware.

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