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Early 1877 Renaissance Revival Gorham Massive & Heavy Sterling Footed Bowl
This is a Massive & Heavy Early 1877 Renaissance Revival Gorham Sterling Footed Bowl. This Wonderful Bowl has Extreme Renaissance Revival elements and Style with Classical Beading and Naturalistic Leaf designs. It weighs nearly 17 Troy Ounces. We believe that this Bowl was Engraved at a later time and is actually from around 1877. It was Engraved on the edge of the Bowl at a later time, with "May 19th 1858 - 1883", it was a 25th Wedding Anniversary Gift presented to a Married Couple in 1883. The Engraving of the Couple's Name / Monograms that had been married for 25 years and from who presented it to them as a Gift above the Date. There are little traces of it left, it is almost gone now and someone may have tried to remove it at one time. The traditional three-symbol mark of the a lion, an anchor and G has been associated with silver made by the Gorham Companies since the middle of the nineteenth century. The Lion was meant to represent silver ( Coin Silver before 1868 and Sterling after that date ), the Anchor was the symbol for Rhode Island, and the G for Gorham. It is marked with the early Gorham Trademark with : a Lion facing to the right ( from 1865 onward the Lion faces right ) / an Anchor / "G" and has a "E" above the Gorham mark. ( we believe the "E" is for extra Heavy) It has a pattern / item #1430 with a "J" above this number. ( we believe this is the date letter of 1877 ) The measurements of this Bowl are: 8" across the inside of the bowl, 7 3/4" across the top, 25 1/4" around the bowl and 10 1/2" around the Pedestal Foot. The Decoration on this Massive Bowl is a 1/2" wide Border with Acanthus Leaves around the upper edge of this bowl. It has a beautiful Renaissance Revival design that is almost 1" wide that has Garland Lines, Wings, Rosette Flowers with a Tassel, Cornucopia Leaf shapes with Flowers and vine like Tendrils. It has (2) Rows of Beading that measures 1/8" wide, right next to each other, with a Row of Tassels Garland that is 1/4" wide and is right below the Beading Rows. The Decoration on the Pedestal Foot is done in designs of Waves, Ferns and Feathers and are repeated around the Pedestal of this Bowl's Foot. It has carefully measured divided Lines that are repetitious and repeated measured Lines. And the Pedestal has 1/4" wide designs of Spear Leaves around the bottom Foot Edge and is flared.I have done most of the listing, but have not added the condition of the bowl. I am puzzled by the letters on the bottom "E" I believe is for Extra Heavy ) above the Gorham mark and the "J" above the pattern number. I believe it is earlier than 1883 and is more like 1877 ( J date letter?). It has some dings on the inside of the bowl from use-age and only has (1) ding that even shows slightly on the outside, but it is hardly noticeable at all. Other than that,it is in very good condition.
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Kathy & Jim Hill
Antique Sterling Silver, Jewelry, Napkin Rings, Victorian Objects