This is one of Gorham’s most famous patterns as it was owned by Mary Todd Lincoln. Her set is now at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. This assembled set is similar to hers. The round bodies are decorated with engine turning at the center with foliate bright cut engraving (small differences). Each side has an open cartouche, the creamer is monogrammed and dated 1863. The rims and handles are adorned with applied silver balls. Each piece is supported by feet in the form of chicken legs complete with detailed feathers and toes. Interiors are gold washed. Sugar basket has a swing handle.
Both pieces are in very good condition with no significant dents or damage. The interior of the sugar bowl is less shiny than that of the creamer. The creamer legs are very slightly depressed. The creamer is marked with Gorham marks, the number 0110 and ‘coin’, the sugar is unmarked.
This set is ‘assembled’ having mismatched monogram/ no monogram so I am offering it at a lower than usual price for this form. If you know a good silversmith monograms can be removed or added so the set will better match if you prefer. The sugar bowl measures 4.5” to the rim and weighs 219 grams. The creamer measures 3.75” to the rim and weighs 153 grams.