Gorham Silverware

Gorham Silverware is regarded as some of the finest in the world, used in the White House by many administrations dating back to Abraham Lincoln. The master craftsman, Jabez Gorham, founded the company in Providence, Rhode Island in 1831. But it was not until he retired in 1847, handing off the reins to his son, John Gorham, that Gorham Silverware began its evolution into the powerhouse manufacturer that it is known today.

John Gorham, a man of considerable foresight, enlarged the premises of his factory and overhauled production, introducing improved designs, an expanded product line, and mechanized fabrication strategies. He also employed William J. Codman, a veteran British designer who trained his American staff in the silversmith methods of the Old World.

Codman was instrumental in developing the Martelé line, which used a grade of silver that was even softer than sterling (.950 compared to the .925 of sterling). This allowed artisans to hammer out elaborate Art Nouveau designs that were previously impossible. Gorham flatware including the King Edward and Chantilly lines remain among the most popular flatware patterns in the world.


Quick Facts

  • In 1875, Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant commissioned Gorham Silver to produce the Century Vase commemorating the United States' one hundredth anniversary. The spectacular vase used more than 2,000 ounces of sterling silver
  • The Martelé line beat Tiffany in the silver furniture category of the 1900 World Fair
  • A Gorham silver presentation pitcher sold at Cowan auctions in 2014 for $9,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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Gorham Sterling Silver 'Melrose' Flatware Assortment
Oct 17, 10:00 AM CDT
Gorham Sterling Silver 'Melrose' Flatware Assortment
by Leonard Auction
Est: $800- $1,000
$8508 Bids
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A Gorham "Chantilly" sterling silver flatware service
Oct 26, 12:00 PM PDT
A Gorham "Chantilly" sterling silver flatware service
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$1,1003 Bids
GORHAM "FAIRFAX" STERLING SILVER FLATWARE SET
Oct 26, 6:00 PM PDT
GORHAM "FAIRFAX" STERLING SILVER FLATWARE SET
by O'Gallerie
Est: $500- $750
$4252 Bids
GORHAM "LANSDOWNE" STERLING SILVER FLATWARE SET
Oct 25, 6:00 PM PDT
GORHAM "LANSDOWNE" STERLING SILVER FLATWARE SET
by O'Gallerie
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,8002 Bids
Sterling Gorham Chamber Stick
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Gorham Chamber Stick
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$602 Bids
SET OF GORHAM STERLING SOUP SPOONS (6)
Oct 24, 3:00 PM PDT
SET OF GORHAM STERLING SOUP SPOONS (6)
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $180- $225
$1001 Bid
Gorham Sterling Cobalt Blue Liners 8Pc Set
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Gorham Sterling Cobalt Blue Liners 8Pc Set
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
(142Pc) Gorham "Lansdowne" Sterling Silver Service
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
(142Pc) Gorham "Lansdowne" Sterling Silver Service
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $1,000- $4,000
$5001 Bid
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A Gorham "Etruscan" sterling silver flatware service
Oct 26, 12:00 PM PDT
A Gorham "Etruscan" sterling silver flatware service
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
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A group of sterling silver serving items
Oct 26, 12:00 PM PDT
A group of sterling silver serving items
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Gorham Sterling Silver Kings I Pattern Pie Server, circa 1878, 3.2 oz
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Gorham Sterling Silver Kings I Pattern Pie Server, circa 1878, 3.2 oz
by Weschler's
Est: $60- $80
$301 Bid
10in Gorham Sterling “ Chantilly “ Cake Server
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
10in Gorham Sterling “ Chantilly “ Cake Server
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
(7pc) Gorham Sterling Fish Knife & Butter Knives
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
(7pc) Gorham Sterling Fish Knife & Butter Knives
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
(6) Gorham Weighted Sterling " Chantilly" Knives
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
(6) Gorham Weighted Sterling " Chantilly" Knives
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
(6) Gorham Weighted Sterling “ Chantilly” Knives
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
(6) Gorham Weighted Sterling “ Chantilly” Knives
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Gorham Sterling Silver Chrysanthemum Soup Ladle
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Gorham Sterling Silver Chrysanthemum Soup Ladle
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Gorham Sterling Silver Antique Fish Serving Knife
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Gorham Sterling Silver Antique Fish Serving Knife
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
12 Sterling Silver Demitasse Spoon Set by Whiting
Oct 17, 10:00 AM PDT
12 Sterling Silver Demitasse Spoon Set by Whiting
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $500- $700
$4000 Bids
Gorham Chantilly Sterling Flatware, 195 Pieces
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Gorham Chantilly Sterling Flatware, 195 Pieces
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $5,000- $8,000
$2,6000 Bids
Gorham Sterling Silver Scallop Dishmarked and inscribed on undersidediameter 11 1/2 inches23.6 t.oz.
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Gorham Sterling Silver Scallop Dishmarked and inscribed on undersidediameter 11 1/2 inches23.6 t.oz.
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $800
$2000 Bids
Gorham Sterling Silver Double Handle Vasemarked for Gorham 1388A29.5 t.oz.
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Gorham Sterling Silver Double Handle Vasemarked for Gorham 1388A29.5 t.oz.
by Nadeau's Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids
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(17) Gorham Sterling Sliver Spoons & Forks
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
(17) Gorham Sterling Sliver Spoons & Forks
by Neely Auction
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
A (lot of 26) Gorham Cantilliy sterling flatware service
Oct 17, 9:30 AM PDT
A (lot of 26) Gorham Cantilliy sterling flatware service
by Clars Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
A (lot of 12) Whiting Heraldic sterling: (6) dinner forks & (6) tspns
Oct 17, 9:30 AM PDT
A (lot of 12) Whiting Heraldic sterling: (6) dinner forks & (6) tspns
by Clars Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids

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