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Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

American

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
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 Platters and Serveware

Materials

Gold, Sterling Silver

Large Antique Gorham Maintenon Sterling Silver Tray, 1923
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Maintenon sterling silver serving tray. Made by Gorham in Providence in 1923. Oval with leaf-capped and -mounted c-scroll side handles. Well has engraved beaded oval frame (vacant) i...
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1920s American Edwardian Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

Materials

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 Platters and Serveware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Gorham Japonesque Mixed Metal Bird & Butterfly Copper Tray, 1882
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Japonesque mixed metal copper tray. Made by Gorham in Providence in 1882. Lobed and rectangular with curved sides. Applied copper and silver ornament: Tree with blossoming branches a...
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1880s American Japonisme Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

Materials

Silver, Copper

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 Platters and Serveware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Tray, Gorham, 1927
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We are happy to offer you this sterling silver tray made by Gorham Silversmiths, hallmarked 1927. Designed in the iconic “Plymouth” pattern, this tray has been restored to it’s origi...
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1920s American Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Savoy Plaza Large Silver Tray
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Savoy Plaza large silver tray. Louis XVI style large oval platter / tray with neoclassical banded reed border. From the famed French style hotel overlookin...
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1920s American Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

Materials

Silver Plate

Large and Heavy Gorham Chippendale Sterling Silver Serving Tray
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Chippendale sterling silver serving tray. Made by Gorham in Providence in 1944. Round with flat curvilinear ogee rim. A large and heavy piece in this pattern. Fully marked including ...
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1940s American Georgian Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Large and Old-Fashioned Sterling Silver Tea Tray by Cartier
By Cartier, Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in New York, NY
Large and old-fashioned American sterling silver tea tray, 1954. Retailed by Cartier in New York. Oval well and scrolled sides and rim; end bracket handles. Fully marked including re...
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1950s American Georgian Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Antique Gorham Edwardian Regency Sterling Silver Platter Tray
By Gorham Manufacturing Company, Shreve, Crump & Low
Located in New York, NY
Edwardian Regency sterling silver platter tray. Made by Gorham in Providence in 1915. Oval well with paneled curvilinear shoulder and reeded r...
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1910s American Edwardian Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Sterling Midcentury Dish
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We are offering this midcentury sterling silver dish by Gorham Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island signed 1956. It is a square shape with scal...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Sterling Breadbasket
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We are happy to offer this sterling silver breadbasket dated 1927 by the Gorham Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island. Gorham sterling is synonymous with the finest American sil...
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1920s American Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Pair of Heart Dishes
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
You don’t need to wait until next Valentine’s Day to tell her how much you love her. Here’s a fabulous pair of candy dishes by the Gorham Co. So bridal and so dainty...heart shaped w...
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1920s American Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Sterling Dish, 1899
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We are so proud to offer this antique sterling silver Gorham dish. Signed 1899, it is 120 years old. A flat oblong dish that flares up o...
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1890s American Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Marie Antoinette Platter
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Old-world charm and genteel come to life in this piece; a time when attention to detail and refinement a must. Garlands and tassels adorn the entire outer edge while a ring of oval s...
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1910s American Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Large Compote
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
One hundred and forty-four years ago while Ulysses S. Grant was president of the USA, this lovely piece of silver was being manufactured by the Gorham Corporation, in Providence Rhod...
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1870s American Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Martele by Gorham .9584 Sterling Silver Large Meat Tray Platter Hollowware
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Big Bend, WI
Martele by Gorham Art Nouveau Martele by Gorham .9584 sterling silver meat tray/platter with beautiful floral motif, #P/FY. It was made in August of...
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Early 20th Century Art Nouveau Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

Materials

Sterling Silver

Art Deco Franconia Dish
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Think Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center and South Beach in Miami...think Franconia! This is Art Deco at its finest and purest. Notice the handles, the inner border and the patter...
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1930s American Art Deco Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

Materials

Sterling Silver

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By Gorham Manufacturing Company
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Sterling Silver Salt Cellar
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Sterling Silver Candy Dish
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H 2.5 in W 8 in D 6 in
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By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Being offered is a sterling silver double dish with a handle in the center. Made by Gorham Silversmith, it was manufactured during WWII. It has a scalloped rim with ridges going towa...
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1930s American Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

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1907 Sterling Silver Dishes
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Pair of Sterling Silver Shell Dishes
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Antique Gorham Japonesque Mixed Metal Copper Tray with Pinecones
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Sterling Bonbonniere, 1918
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We are thrilled to offer you this sterling silver bonbonniere (basket) by Gorham Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1918. 103 years old and...
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1910s American Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

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Sterling Bonbonniere, 1918
Sterling Bonbonniere, 1918
H 4.5 in Dm 2.5 in
Antique Gorham Silver Plate Y1080 Oval Reticulated Footed Vanity Gallery Tray
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Gorham silver plated tray featuring oval form with pierced / reticulated gallery and footed base. Y1080. Measure: 9".  
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Early 20th Century Victorian Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

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Silver Plate

Sterling “Chantilly” Dessert Tray
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Being offered is a sterling silver tray in the “Chantilly” pattern by Gorham Silver. Their Chantilly pattern was very popular and continues to be very sought-after. A scalloped rim w...
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1960s American Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

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Sterling Tray, circa 1911
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We are delighted to offer this sterling silver tray from 1911 by the gorgeous Silver Company of Rhode Island. One hundred and nine years old, this beautiful tray has been privy to ma...
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1610s American Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Platters and Serveware

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Sterling Tray, circa 1911
H 1 in W 15 in D 10 in
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Sterling Tray, circa 1917
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Gorham Manufacturing Company platters and serveware for sale on 1stDibs.

Gorham Manufacturing Company platters and serveware 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 platters and serveware, although silver editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original platters and serveware by Gorham Manufacturing Company were created in the Victorian style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider platters and serveware by Towle Silversmiths, International Silver, and Kirk & Son. Prices for Gorham Manufacturing Company platters and serveware can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $450 and can go as high as $10,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,875.

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