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Gorham Manufacturing Company Serving Pieces

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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
Antique William Roger Quadruple Plate Sugar Bowl & Gorham Sterling Silver Spoons
By Gorham Manufacturing Company, William Rogers
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique turn of the century 13 piece sugar bowl and hanging spoon set, featuring a trophy urn style bowl with etched palm leaves on the body, brackets to support twelve sugar spoons, squirrels in the pierced handles and a sparrow shaped finial. Set includes 11 Gorham sterling silver demitasse spoons in the New Queens pattern (introduced 1895); sold by J.E. Caldwell & Co. Bowl and lid by William Rogers (cross and keystone mark, circa 1900-1910), design number 57. "Gorham Silver was founded in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1831 by Jabez Gorham, a master craftsman, in partnership with Henry L. Webster. The firm's chief product was spoons of coin silver, but also made thimbles, combs, jewelry, and other small items. In 1865, the Rhode Island legislature granted a charter in the name of Gorham Manufacturing Company. During the heyday of American silver manufacturing, approximately 1850–1940, Gorham was highly influential. The company has produced matching hollowware in both sterling and silverplate, as well as running a foundry for bronze sculpture. The White House has used Gorham silver services during many administrations including those of Lincoln, Grant, and George W. Bush. Gorham artisans also sculpted several famous statues housed in the Capitol's Rotunda, overlooking the Museum of Natural History in New York, and topping the Rhode Island State House. Gorham has also designed a number of elaborate trophies for sporting events, including the Borg-Warner Trophy for the Indianapolis 500, designed by Robert J. Hill. The company has changed hands multiple times beginning with Textron (1967), to Dansk International Designs (1989), to Brown-Forman Corporation (1991), to the Lenox Group (2005), to Clarion Capital Partners (2009), now operating under the name Lenox Corporation." "William Hazen Rogers (born May 13, 1801) was an American master silversmith and a pioneer in the silver-plate industry and whose work and name have survived to the present day. Rogers partnered with other silversmiths at times, and his company and trademarks were eventually taken over by larger companies. Rogers was born on a farm on May 13, 1801, to Sarah Reynolds (1777-?) and Asa Rogers (1798-1824). After he left home, he went on to become a silversmith, watchmaker and jeweler. From 1820 to 1825, Rogers was an apprentice to Joseph Church, a silversmith and watchmaker in Hartford. In 1825, Rogers became partners with Church and their company, Church & Rogers, initially manufactured silver-plate flatware and hollowware. He was also partner, from 1832 to 1838, with Asa Harris Rogers, his younger brother, as "A Rogers Jr. & Co." while still associated with Church & Rogers. Rogers – together with his two brothers and, later, his son – was responsible for more than 100 patterns of silver and silver-plated cutlery and serving dishes. Many of Roger's designs were influenced by Louis XIV-style patterns of the 17th and 18th century in France, and he was best known for his Elberon pattern and "Presidential" cutlery series. The companies in which one or more of the original...
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Early 20th Century Late Victorian Gorham Manufacturing Company Serving Pieces

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Metal, Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Salad Set
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
“Willow” sterling silver salad set by Gorham Silversmiths, circa 1954. Sleek and chic in that quintessential Mid-Century style! On each handle a wheat...
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1950s American Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Serving Pieces

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Gorham Narragansett Salt Spoon
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Riverdale, NY
Gorham Narragansett Salt Spoon from the late 19th Century in the Aesthetic taste. Applied Crab motif with barnacle decorated spoon. Marked Sterling...
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1880s American Victorian Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Serving Pieces

Materials

Sterling Silver

Dauphin Sterling Silver Mustard Ladle
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
We are offering a sterling silver mustard ladle in the Dauphin pattern by William B. Durgin (Gorham Silversmiths). Dauphin is one of the most s...
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Early 1900s American Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Serving Pieces

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Sterling Silver

Antique Edwardian Reticulated Gorham Sterling Silver Bread Cake Bridal Basket
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Gorham sterling silver 925 Edwardian style serving basket numbered 2225A with ruffled, reticulated / pierced edge, etched floral designs and monogram CLF on the handle.  
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Gorham Manufacturing Company Serving Pieces

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Lorraine Server
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Being offered is a sterling silver server in the Lorraine pattern by Gorham Silversmiths. The handle is scalloped and has flowers around the to...
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Early 1900s American Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Serving Pieces

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Sterling Pie / Cake Server
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Offering a sterling silver pie server by Gorham Silversmiths. It has a gadroon design along both sides of the handle. It’s not only beautiful but very practical. Makes a great hostes...
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1940s American Vintage Gorham Manufacturing Company Serving Pieces

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Sterling Silver

Gorham Sterling Silver American Figural Tea Urn
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
19th century Gorham sterling silver figural tea urn. It's Atlas (or Hercules) holding the world. 64 Ounces made in America Hallmark 1873. Lid is 5 inches round. 10 inches to the spig...
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19th Century American Antique Gorham Manufacturing Company Serving Pieces

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Sterling Silver

English Silver Toast Rack by Gorham Manufacturing Co., Birmingham, 1919
By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Located in Delft, NL
English silver toast rack by Gorham Manufacturing Co., Birmingham 1919 A Silver toast rack for 6 slices of toast Made by Gorham Manufacturing Co. in Birmingham (1904-1938) Silve...
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Early 20th Century English Gorham Manufacturing Company Serving Pieces

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Gorham Manufacturing Company serving pieces for sale on 1stDibs.

Gorham Manufacturing Company serving pieces 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 serving pieces, although silver editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original serving pieces 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 serving pieces by Gorham, and Reed and Barton. Prices for Gorham Manufacturing Company serving pieces can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $58 and can go as high as $14,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $450.

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