Here is an elegant little vintage lemon fork by Gorham Silver. Rendered in lustrous sterling silver, this beauty sparkles brightly and has great substance for its size.
This little beauty is incredibly collectible and fully hallmarked.
Gorham Silver was found in 1831, in Providence, Rhode Island by Jabez Gorham. The company would soar to success during from the 1850s to the 1940s, a time when silver manufacturing was in its heyday in America.
This pretty little fork is actually called a "lemon fork".
The sharp, splayed tines are capable of easily piercing tough rinds and assist in serving lemon slices. Perfectly sized for tea time, the fork measures only a little less than four and a half inches long.
As you can see, the handle features a lovely geometric, Ancient Roman-inspired design. This is Gorham's classic "Etruscan" pattern which was patented in 1913.
There are several marks on the back of the handle, the first of which reads "PAT 1913". Next, you will see three geometric cartouches (Gorham Silver's traditional hallmark).
The first mark features a right-facing lion passant and is followed by an anchor enclosed in a shield-shape.
The last mark in the set of three is an Old English capital "G" for "Gorham".
Eras of manufacture are indicated by the shape of each cartouche; the octagonal shapes represent items created in the 20th century.
The final maker's mark reads "Sterling" in capitals. The fork has been professionally tested to ensure the purity of the silver.
There are only a few minor flea-bite scratches on the surface of the fork. Otherwise, the piece remains in outstanding vintage condition.
The text time you add a little lemon zest to your Earl Grey, do it in style!
We would include this darling, classic Gorham lemon fork in a gift of tea and a little tea pot or a tea cup with a saucer, of course. Very elegant.
Measurements: 4 3/8" long, Handle is 3mm-11mm wide and 1 ½mm thick, Tines are 1 1/8" apart at widest point Weight: 10.4 grams (0.37 oz)