Gorham Sterling Silver 'Buttercup' Pattern Cocktail/Seafood Forks (Set of 4)Gorham Sterling Silver 'Buttercup' Pattern Cocktail/Seafood Forks (Set of 4)Gorham Sterling Silver 'Buttercup' Pattern Cocktail/Seafood Forks (Set of 4)Gorham Sterling Silver 'Buttercup' Pattern Cocktail/Seafood Forks (Set of 4)Gorham Sterling Silver 'Buttercup' Pattern Cocktail/Seafood Forks (Set of 4)Gorham Sterling Silver 'Buttercup' Pattern Cocktail/Seafood Forks (Set of 4)

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.

These lovely cocktail/seafood forks consists of three tines and have a solid handle decorated with the 'Buttercup' floral design on both the front and back side. The cocktail/seafood forks measure 5 1/2"" in length; weigh 2.385 ounces for the set of 4 and have no monograms. Stamped 'Gorham Sterling'. This stamp was used from 1950 forward. No conditions issues, near mint condition

Item ID: RL0003473

Gorham Sterling Silver 'Buttercup' Pattern Cocktail/Seafood Forks (Set of 4)

$140 USD ea.

Quantity available: 3
Add to Cart
Questions about this item?
Email Shop

4 other shoppers have this item in their Cart or Wish List


Brys Antiques


Ronald Bry
Oregon, IL   

Bry's Antiques, an "ADOPTION AGENCY" for ANTIQUE & VINTAGE items to enjoy or give as gifts.

MONTH OF APRIL. All jewelry orders of $100 or more will receive FREE S/H/I. (USA destinations ONLY).

Exclusive Ruby Lane Member since 2003

calculating shipping...
140 character limit

More from Brys Antiques