Gorham Silver was founded in Providence, Rhode Island, 1831 by Jabez Gorham, a master craftsman, in partnership with Henry L. Webster.] The firm's chief product was spoons of coin silver. In 1842, the Congress enacted a tariff which effectively blocked the importation of silverware from outside the United States, which aided the American silver industry. Jabez Gorham did not take full advantage of this opportunity, but in 1847 Jabez retired and his son, John Gorham succeeded him as head of the company. John Gorham introduced mechanized production methods, enlarged the premises in downtown Providence, improved the designs, and expanded the product line. In 1852, Gorham toured many of Europe's silver workshops and manufacturers, seeking highly skilled foreign workmen to train his American workers and hired George Wilkinson, a premier designer and workshop manager, from England.
During the heyday of American silver manufacturing, approximately 1850 - 1940, Gorham was highly influential, introducing sought after patterns, including 'Buttercup' first made in 1899. Buttercup became one of the most popular sterling patterns and was made in a wide variety of pieces.
Textron purchased the company in 1967 and in 1989 sold to Dansk International Designs. Brown-Forman Corporation acquired Gorham from Dansk in 1991. The unit was sold in 2005 to Department 56 in the Lenox holdings transaction.
This lovely cold meat fork consists of a graceful four tine fork with solid handle decorated with the 'Buttercup' floral design on both the front and back side. The fork measures 8" in length; weighs 2.335 ounces and has no monograms. It could be used for various serving needs. Stamped with the famous Gorham Hallmark (Lion, Anchor & G) and 'Sterling'. This stamp was used from 1899-1950. No conditions issues, near mint condition.
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