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Gorham Silver Soldered Food Dome - From the Alta Bates Sanitarium - Berkeley, Ca.
Here's a most unusual silver soldered food dome for an individual plate, keeping food warm until it's served. It was made by Gorham in 1927 - the little airplane graphic by the markings inside is a symbol for that date. This piece, similar to hotel ware, has an interesting history apart from being a useful and different piece of silver plate. Alta Alice Miner Bates was a pioneer in the health care field. She was a young nurse living in Berkeley, California and wanted to start a much needed health care facility. She started by treating a few patients in her parent's home in 1904. People were so impressed with her patient care that by 1905 she went into a new building, with only the building plan her father made, very little cash, and some loaned money. Called the Alta Bates Sanitarium she treated woman and their infants starting in the small 8 bed facility. She wanted to create a place that was more homelike and personal than anything else that was available at the time. Her success led to several expansions. When this dome was made she was about to move into another larger building. The Alta Bates Sanitarium, was eventually called The Alta Bates Hospital and still exists today as the Alta Bates Campus - part of the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.
Note the beautiful "A B" monogram on the outside of the dome. It's nice and heavy and well made. The condition is very good with only one or two slight dents.
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