Gorham Date Mark
Gorham Silver date mark or hallmark from 1850s
Gorham Manufacturing Company 1886
Gorham was formed in the year 1831 by Jabez Gorham and Henry Webster. Gorham Manufacturing Company is recognized as one of the world's finest maker of sterling silver flatware; hollow ware and other silver works. The company was incorporated in Providence, Rhode Island. Gorham products includes cup, tea service set, jewelry, vanity set etc. It is almost no doubt that it is one of America most successful silversmithing company. Perhaps other than being one of the most successful American silversmith comany, Gorham could also be considered one of the fasting growing company in the silversmithing industry in America too. Initially only incorporated as a maker of coin silver spoon, but for merely only 7 years later, Gorham company managed to have employed more than 450 employees. Little known, it is also a maker for Tiffany & Co full line of silverware in early Tiffany's history.
Dating a Gorham Piece
To date a piece of Gorham sterling piece is easy. There is always a hallmark by the company below or at the bottom of each piece.
Collectors need to take note that Gorham hallmarking in the early years were not consistent.
In the year 1848, Gorham silver company hallmarks were a lion, anchor, and the letter “G.” From 1848 till the year 1860, the lion faced left, but subsequent lions faced right. However in the year 1868, Gorham started adopting the sterling silver fineness standard (92.5% silver). New hallmarks were introduced with each year represented by a alphabetical letter or icon. Collectors are able to compare the alphabetical letter or icon below each pieces with the chart below to identify the year a piece is manufactured.
An example of Gorham 1930 date mark
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