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Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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For nearly 160 years, the Gorham Manufacturing Company turned out a wide range of beautiful silver flatware, tea sets, serving bowls and other silver pieces, indelibly influencing the field of decorative arts in ways that still resonate.

When silversmiths Jabez Gorham and Henry Webster started making coin silver teaspoons and jewelry out of a small workshop in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1831, the pair likely had no idea that their modest operation would one day become the largest silver manufacturer in the world.

While some name changes and personnel shifts preceded the foundry officially being established as Gorham Manufacturing Company decades later, growth of the business between its early days and the mid–19th century can largely be attributed to the work of Jabez’s son John, who assumed control of Gorham in the 1840s.

John Gorham introduced steam power at the manufactory. He entered into a partnership with Michael Gibney, the first American silversmith to register a design patent for a flatware pattern. Gorham wanted to expand the business, seeking to produce forks and spoons adorned with decorative flourishes adapted from British patterns. The company hammered out the silver flatware, which it sent to Gibney in New York to apply decorative patterns before returning to Gorham. Consequently, Gorham found Gibney’s work unsatisfactory, and he purchased his own rolling press to do the work himself.

The partnership between John and Michael soured but the company thrived. Sales grew to more than $20,000 per year, and the staff of silversmiths expanded. To keep up with demand, Gorham had to retire its horse-powered rolling press and import a steam-powered drop press from England — the first used in the United States. Designs created at Gorham drew on natural-world motifs as well as artistic traditions from all over the world — alongside its tableware, the company would soon be producing cups and pitchers adorned with polar bears and forest creatures, while tea services and other serving pieces were crafted in a range of styles that included Art Nouveau, Egyptian Revival and Rococo.

Around 1860, Gorham delved into bronze casting. When it opened a division dedicated to bronze work, Gorham collaborated with sculptors such as Daniel Chester French, Anna Hyatt Huntington and Alexander P. Proctor.

By the 1920s, Gorham had employed thousands of workers and had partnered with Danish modernist silversmith Erik Magnussen. However, the Great Depression ground production to a halt. The company was sold to Textron, Inc. in the late 1960s and it changed hands several times before it sold to Department 56 in 2005.

Today, the work of Gorham Manufacturing Company continues to be exhibited in galleries and museums. The RISD Museum in Providence houses a collection of nearly 5,000 works.

On 1stDibs, find a range of antique Gorham Manufacturing Company serveware and decorative objects.

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Creator: Gorham Manufacturing Company
Dealer: Tudor Rose Antiques
Art Nouveau - Style Sterling Silver Pedestal, Based Vase by Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau-Style, sterling silver, pedestal-based vase, Gorham Mfg. Company, Providence, Rhode Island, year-hallmarked for 1923. Hammered in design and chased with flowers. Measures...
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1920s American Art Nouveau Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Pair of Neoclassical-Style Parcel Gilt Coin Silver Footed Salt Cellars By Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Neoclassical Style, parcel-gilt, Coin Silver (.900) footed salt cellars, American, Ca. 1850's (underside of each salt cellar is lightly engraved with script initials - NSG -...
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1850s American Neoclassical Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Gold, Sterling Silver

Beautiful Victorian-Style Sterling Silver Centerpiece Bowl By Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Beautiful, Victorian-Style (made in the Edwardian Period), centerpiece bowl (possible Old Chantilly), Gorham Manufacturing Company, Providence,m for 1905. Floral, swirled border, f...
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Early 1900s American Victorian Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Leaf-Form Bonbon Dish By Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau pattern, sterling silver, leaf-form bonbon dish, Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, year-hallmarked for 1933. A photo of one of these dishes appears in t...
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1930s American Art Nouveau Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Large Art Deco Period Solid Sterling Silver Serving Platter By Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Large, Art Deco Period, solid sterling silver serving platter/tray, Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, year-hallmarked for 1933. Measures 18 3/4 inches wide (at wid...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Victorian Sterling Silver Figural Bud Vase By Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Victorian, sterling silver, figural bud vase, Gorham manufacturing Company, Providence, Rhode Island, year-hallmarked for 1865. Monogrammed with an Old English letter K. Measures 6 3...
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1860s American Victorian Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Pedestal Based Pierced Cake/Cookie Basket/Platter
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Art Nouveau, sterling silver, pedestal based, cake/cookie platter/basket, Gorham Manufacturing Company, Providence, Rhode Island, year-hallmarked for 1918. Lightly hammered in desig...
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1910s American Art Nouveau Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Very Large Art Deco Period Solid Sterling Silver Serving Platter/Tray by Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Very large, Art Deco Period, solid sterling silver serving platter/tray, Gorham Manufacturing Company, Providence, Rhode Island, Ca. 1935. Measures 20 1/2 inches long x 14 1/2 inches...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Victorian Period, Sterling Silver Mustache Cup by Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Victorian Period, sterling silver mustache cup, Gorham manufacturing Corp., Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1895. Measures 3 inches high x 3 inches diamet...
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1890s American Victorian Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Neoclassical Style, Victorian Period Sterling Silver Tazza by Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Neoclassical style, Victorian period, sterling silver tazza, Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, year hallmarked for 1901. Decorated with grapes and mythological face...
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Early 1900s American Neoclassical Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Victorian Sterling Silver-Mounted Decanter and 4 Matching Glasses, Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Victorian Period, sterling silver-mounted decanter with hinged lid and having four matching glasses, Gorham Manufacturing Company, Providence, Rhode Island, year-hallmarked for 1894....
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1890s American Victorian Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Neoclassical Sterling Silver Gilt Centrepiece by Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Neoclassical, sterling silver gilt centrepiece, Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1865. Dish is oval in form and has pendant handles that move. Stem is flanke...
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1860s American Neoclassical Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Gold, Sterling Silver

Neoclassical Sterling Silver Child's Cup/Mug by Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Neoclassical, sterling silver child's mug/cup, Gorham Mfg. Co, Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1860. Handle is decorated with a neoclassical woman's head. Interior is lightly gilded....
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1860s American Neoclassical Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Unusual Pair of Mid-Century Modern Sterling Silver Candlesticks By Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Unusual pair of Mid-Century Modern, sterling silver candlesticks (having a Danish influence), The Gorham Corp., Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1950s. 5" tall x 2 3/4" diameter at w...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Lovely Sterling Silver Gorham Edwardian-Style Cake Basket on Pedestal Base
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Lovely, sterling silver, Edwardian-style, cake basket on pedestal base, Gorham Manufacturing Co., Providence, Rhode Island, year-marked for 1916. Beautiful pierced work. Silver is li...
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1910s American Edwardian Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Rare Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Gorham Martele Footed Inkstand with Hinged Lid
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Fabulous, rare, sterling silver (.950) Art Nouveau, Martele inkstand with ball feet and hinged lid, the Gorham Manufacturing Corp., Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1905. According to...
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1890s American Art Nouveau Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Pair of Neoclassical Style American Coin Silver Medallion Bud Vases By Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Pair of American Coin Silver (.900), Neoclassical-style Medallion bud vases, Gorham Mfg. Co., Providence, Rhode Island, Ca. 1875. Each vase has 3 lovely Neoclassical medallions aroun...
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1870s American Neoclassical Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver

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Pair of Neoclassical Style American Coin Silver Medallion Bud Vases By Gorham
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Victorian Period Large Sterling Silver Water Pitcher on Pedestal Base by Gorham
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Early 1900s American Victorian Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Pair of Sterling Silver Neoclassical-Style Corinthian Column Candlesticks
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Victorian Period Sterling Silver Heart-Form Trinkets Box by Gorham
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Pair of Sterling Silver Neoclassical-Style Corinthian Column-Form Candlesticks
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Edwardian-Style Sterling Silver Picture Frame with Wood Back
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Victorian Period Sterling Silver Soap Box with Hinged Lid, Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Victorian Period, sterling silver soap box with hinged lid, Gorham Mfg. Co., Providence, Rhode Island, year hallmarked for 1899. Measures 3 in...
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1890s American Victorian Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Furniture

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Sterling Silver, Gold

Victorian Period Sterling Silver-Mounted Controlled Bubbles Crystal Inkwell
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Victorian period, sterling silver-mounted controlled bubbles crystal inkwell with hinged lid, Gorham Mfg. Corp., Providence, Rhode Island, Ca. 1895. Interior of sterling silver hinge...
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Victorian Period Sterling Silver Mug/Cup by Gorham
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Victorian Period, sterling silver mug/cup, Gorham Mfg. Co, Providence, Rhode Island, year hallmarked for 1890. Decorated with leaves and flowers. Handle fans out in design. Measures ...
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Victorian Style Sterling Silver - Mounted Crystal Heart-Shaped "Trinkets" Box
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Unusual Victorian Footed Sterling Silver Toast Rack by Gorham
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Located in New York, NY
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Gorham Manufacturing Company furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Gorham Manufacturing Company furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of silver and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Gorham Manufacturing Company furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Gorham Manufacturing Company were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by International Silver, Towle Silversmiths, and Wallace Silversmiths. Prices for Gorham Manufacturing Company furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,295 and can go as high as $59,900, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,900.

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