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 in the industry.
This lovely set of 5 teaspoons is the Wreath pattern, first released in 1911. It is a simple, yet elegant and timeless pattern, of a wreath composed of bell flower blossoms. The spoons measure 5 5/8" in length, the set of 5 weighs 3.6 ounces and are monogrammed "I". Stamped "T" and 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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