Sterling silver art nouveau water pitcher made by the Gorham Mfg. Co. of Providence, RI. in 1904 in their "AUTHENIC" line. AUTHENIC was a line produced by Gorham to compete with the then popular arts & crafts movement pieces that were handmade. Gorham's totally handmade line was called MARTELE and was considerably more expensive than their regular pieces and AUTHENIC was an effect to make great design and handmade more affordable. AUTHENIC pieces were a combination of handmade and machine work and were still more expensive than Gorham's regular production. Gorham's production of AUTHENIC pieces was relatively limited making these pieces hard to find today. AUTHENIC pieces were marked by Gorham with the word AUTHENIC in old English font style lettering.
The reposse, chasing and engraving work on this water is quite impressive. Leaves, flowers, stems and flower buds are the decorative motif for this pitcher. This water pitcher stands approximately 8 1/2 inches tall and is about 10 inches across the handle and spout. Besides being marked as in the photograph, the pitcher is also marked with the Gorham lyre date mark identifying this as being made in 1904.
This water pitcher is not monogrammed and has no monogram removals. Also, there are Gorham factory engraved dedications on the pitcher. This pitcher is in extremely good antique condition and only shows minimal wear consistent with its age. The water pitcher weighs approximately 33 troy ounces.