This wonderful piece of history comes fully hallmarked. This is found on the inside top of the handle. On the first line is found a right facing lion passant which represents that this piece is solid sterling silver, next the Birmingham anchor and lastly the Gorham icon dating this piece to the last quarter of the 19th century. On the next line is marked ‘Sterling’, then the number 10 which is believed to be the style number and the Scythe icon which represents the year 1899. This information is readily found online and can be verified and authenticated easily.
This particular piece measures approximately 7 ½ inches in length by just shy of 1 ¾ inches in width at the handle. Total weight is 75.15 grams of solid sterling silver. Found on both handles is extremely lovely finely etched 5 petal flowers and blooming cabbage roses, leaves and wonderful scroll work. There are two cartouches for personalization found on this glove stretcher. One has been taken with elaborate initials while the other is completely blank.
Gorham Jewelers was open for business in Rhode Island in 1831 and is one of the most highly collectible silversmiths. This is due in part to this company’s high quality and refined sterling silver product line. The White House has used this most influential silversmith during many administrations. Among other notable commissions is the American Cup for yachting, the Davis Cup for tennis and the Borg-Warner Trophy for the Indianapolis 500.
History: Glove stretchers may have belonged to either a man or a woman. They were used to help ease tight kid gloves so that they would fit over the fingers. They also helped restore the fingers of the gloves after washing, which made them wrinkled and stiff.
Antique Victorian Gorham Sterling Silver Glove Stretcher