Loading Spinner

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

See all items

Large Gorham Sterling Flatware Set
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Large Gorham Sterling Flatware Set
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$2,05011 Bids
Black -Star-Gorham Sterling Lobster Picks
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Black -Star-Gorham Sterling Lobster Picks
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$755 Bids
48PC FAIRFAX GORHAM STERLING SILVER FLATWARE 1550 GRAMS
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
48PC FAIRFAX GORHAM STERLING SILVER FLATWARE 1550 GRAMS
by Imperial Auction
Est: $1,500- $1,600
$604 Bids
GROUP OF SILVER LADLES BY GORHAM AND WHITING, CIRCA 1900
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
GROUP OF SILVER LADLES BY GORHAM AND WHITING, CIRCA 1900
by Potomack Company
Est: $250- $350
$2504 Bids
bp parity badge
STERLING SILVER FLATWARE SERVICE BY GORHAM IN THE "KING EDWARD" PATTERN.
Sep 29, 2:00 PM EDT
STERLING SILVER FLATWARE SERVICE BY GORHAM IN THE "KING EDWARD" PATTERN.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$8503 Bids
6 Gorham Sterling Christmas Snowflake Ornaments
Oct 02, 3:00 PM PDT
6 Gorham Sterling Christmas Snowflake Ornaments
by Clark's Auction Company
Est: $150- $300
$802 Bids
Whiting sterling silver "Seahorse" cocktail or seafood forks. Velvet cased set of 12 forks. Case
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
Whiting sterling silver "Seahorse" cocktail or seafood forks. Velvet cased set of 12 forks. Case
by Tremont Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$2252 Bids
Gorham Sterling Silver 1976 Christmas Ornament
Sep 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Gorham Sterling Silver 1976 Christmas Ornament
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$82 Bids
GORHAM SILVER PART FLATWARE SERVICE
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
GORHAM SILVER PART FLATWARE SERVICE
by Potomack Company
Est: $800- $1,200
$1,5002 Bids
An American Silver Flatware Service
Oct 10, 10:00 AM CDT
An American Silver Flatware Service
by Hindman
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5001 Bid
bp parity badge
STERLING. Gorham Strasbourg Sterling Flatware.
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
STERLING. Gorham Strasbourg Sterling Flatware.
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7501 Bid
WHITING & GORHAM STERLING FLATWARE
Oct 02, 11:00 AM EDT
WHITING & GORHAM STERLING FLATWARE
by Americana Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
Gorham Sterling Silver Decor Flatware 52pcs 2300g.
Sep 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Gorham Sterling Silver Decor Flatware 52pcs 2300g.
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Gorham Sterling Silver Rondo Flatware 56pcs 1895g.
Sep 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Gorham Sterling Silver Rondo Flatware 56pcs 1895g.
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Gorham Sterling Silver Chantilly 12pc Flatware LOT
Sep 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Gorham Sterling Silver Chantilly 12pc Flatware LOT
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Gorham Chantilly Sterling Silverware 1895 62 pcs
Sep 28, 10:00 AM CDT
Gorham Chantilly Sterling Silverware 1895 62 pcs
by Revere Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
Whiting sterling silver flatware service
Oct 07, 9:00 AM EDT
Whiting sterling silver flatware service
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $4,000- $5,000
$2,0001 Bid
79 Pcs. Asst. Flatware, incl. Sterling, Gorham, Serving Utensils
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
79 Pcs. Asst. Flatware, incl. Sterling, Gorham, Serving Utensils
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $1,100- $1,200
$5500 Bids
50 pcs Flatware incl. 35 Pcs. Gorham Chantilly Sterling Silver
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
50 pcs Flatware incl. 35 Pcs. Gorham Chantilly Sterling Silver
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $900- $1,000
$4500 Bids
36 Pcs. Asst. Sterling, Coin, & Continental Silver
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
36 Pcs. Asst. Sterling, Coin, & Continental Silver
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $800- $850
$4000 Bids
Gorham Aesthetic Movement Sterling Flatware Plus Pearl Handled Knives, 31 pcs.
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Gorham Aesthetic Movement Sterling Flatware Plus Pearl Handled Knives, 31 pcs.
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $400- $500
$2000 Bids
WHITING POMPADOUR & STERLING FLATWARE
Oct 02, 11:00 AM EDT
WHITING POMPADOUR & STERLING FLATWARE
by Americana Auctions
Est: $400- $500
$2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Gorham Silverware


Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

Lettieri Auction & Appraisal

Lettieri Auction & Appraisal

New Orleans Auction Galleries

New Orleans Auction Galleries

Potomack Company

Potomack Company