This is a gorgeous little tray or dish from Gorham silver company, circa late 1800's. It is signed on the center bottom "Gorham" , a scripted D within an oval circle, Sterling, 104. On the edge on the back there is an inscription "made for Chas Hall". This tray was probably made by Gorham for the Charles Hall Store of Springfield, Massachusetts. This store was in business since "before the rebellion" according to online sources. I read a story dated 1913 that tells about how beautiful and museum like this store was and how people from all around New England including New York would come to buy. I believe this tray is from the late 1800's to 1900 and features a design in the Art Nouveau style. It may have been used as a calling card tray.
There are beautiful strands of floral leaves and one with a bud that appears to be an iris flower bud. The handle features a design that appears to be the beards of the iris flower. Everything is done in a graceful and flowing design. The lines of the leaves are nicely darkened and the handle is even darker. I have not tried to remove this patina and leave that up to the new owner. I have given it a light buffing with a silver cloth but have not used any silver polish on it.
Measurements are approximately 8 inches long by 4 inches wide and about 5/8 of an inch deep or high. The edges of the dish are crimped. The overall condition is very good. I don't detect any major dents or other issues. It does have some tarnishing in some areas.
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