Gorham Sterling Silver Flatware
Gorham Sterling Silver Flatware is fine silverware produced by the American Gorham Manufacturing Company.
Brief history and description
American silverplate and sterling manufacturing company Gorham Manufacturing Company was founded by craftsman Jabez Gorham in 1813. Originally producing spoons under the name ‘Gorham Silver’, the company soon diversified to include other small objects including combs and thimbles.
Following the elder Gorham’s retirement in 1847, control of the company was passed to his son John Gorham, who began to introduce several elements which made Gorham Silver a more competitive company, expanding their product line and including mechanized production techniques, as well as operating from a larger factory.
The work of Gorham proved very influential from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, and they are continuously regarded as masters of silverware. The name ‘Gorham Manufacturing Company’ was used as of around 1865, and remains with the company to this day.
Guide for collectors
Gorham has a long history of producing high quality sterling silver flatware, and antique finds can fetch high prices at auction as these pieces are particularly desirable amongst collectors. The products have an added allure for the discerning collector due to their rich cultural history; items of Gorham sterling silver flatware have been considered staples in many expensive homes, amongst them the White House.
Collectors are advised to seek the major auction houses as well as specialist auctions, where they may find great products at competitive prices. There is a chance of finding Gorham pieces at online auctioneers such as Ebay.com, but in this case prospective collectors should exercise due caution in ensuring the authenticity of their purchases before bidding.
New pieces of Gorham sterling silver flatware can be purchased at retailers such as SilverSuperstore.com, which includes comprehensive listings and competitive prices.
Notable auction sales
The highest price paid for a set of Gorham sterling silver flatware is $22,000, for a 651-piece set of ‘Versailles’ silver flatware, auctioned from New Orleans Auction Galleries, Inc. on 23rd May 2010.
In a similar price range, an extensive set of Gorham sterling silver ‘Henry II’ flatware dated from the early 20th century sold for $16,000 from Skinner on 10th April 2010, and a 205 piece set of Gorham ‘Old Baronial’ sterling silver flatware auctioned from New Orleans Auction Galleries, Inc. on 31st July 2011 for $10,500.
In the middling price range, a 120 piece Gorham sterling silver flatware set sold for $2,800 on 18th June 2011 from Philadelphia Estate Liquidators, Inc, and a set of Gorham sterling silver flatware with 119 pieces sold for $2,500 from Northgate Gallery, Inc. 15th September 2007. Similarly, a Gorham sterling silver flatware set with 68 pieces, sold for $1,500 on 10th February 2011 from Stefak’s Auctioneers & Appraisers.
The lowest price paid for a set of Gorham sterling silver flatware is $50, for a lot comprising four Gorham sterling silver spoons in assorted sizes, and a sugar shell. The collection auctioned from Stanton Auctions on 27th February 2010. In a similar price range, four Gorham Chantilly patterned sterling silver pieces of flatware auctioned from TW Conroy, LLC on 29th January 2005 for $60.