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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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(6) Gorham Sterling Silver Soup Spoons
Jul 02, 10:00 AM MST
(6) Gorham Sterling Silver Soup Spoons
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1102 Bids
(6) Gorham Sterling Silver Teaspoons
Jul 02, 10:00 AM MST
(6) Gorham Sterling Silver Teaspoons
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$802 Bids
(6) Gorham Sterling Silver Salad Forks
Jul 02, 10:00 AM MST
(6) Gorham Sterling Silver Salad Forks
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1102 Bids
(6) Gorham Sterling Silver Teaspoons
Jul 02, 10:00 AM MST
(6) Gorham Sterling Silver Teaspoons
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$802 Bids
(6) Gorham Sterling Silver Dinner Forks
Jul 02, 10:00 AM MST
(6) Gorham Sterling Silver Dinner Forks
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1902 Bids
(4pc) Gorham Sterling Silver Spreaders, Jam Knife & Spoon
Jul 02, 10:00 AM MST
(4pc) Gorham Sterling Silver Spreaders, Jam Knife & Spoon
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$752 Bids
(5) Vintage Gorham Sterling Silver Handle Dinner Knives
Jul 02, 10:00 AM MST
(5) Vintage Gorham Sterling Silver Handle Dinner Knives
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$352 Bids
94 Pcs. Whiting Lily Sterling Silver Flatware
Jul 09, 9:00 AM EDT
94 Pcs. Whiting Lily Sterling Silver Flatware
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $2,600- $2,800
$1,3001 Bid
GORHAM BUTTERCUP STERLING FLATWARE SET
Jul 10, 11:00 AM EDT
GORHAM BUTTERCUP STERLING FLATWARE SET
by Americana Auctions
Est: $900- $1,200
$4501 Bid
28 Sterling Silver Gorham & Webster Demitasse Items, 33 items
Jul 10, 1:00 PM EDT
28 Sterling Silver Gorham & Webster Demitasse Items, 33 items
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $600- $700
$3000 Bids
2 Whiting Shell Enameled Gilt Sterling Silver Servers
Jul 10, 1:00 PM EDT
2 Whiting Shell Enameled Gilt Sterling Silver Servers
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $400- $450
$2000 Bids
28 pcs Assorted Silver Flatware, incl. Gorham, English, French & Repousse
Jul 10, 1:00 PM EDT
28 pcs Assorted Silver Flatware, incl. Gorham, English, French & Repousse
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $450- $550
$2250 Bids
Gorham Buttercup Sterling Flatware, 247 pcs
Jul 09, 9:00 AM EDT
Gorham Buttercup Sterling Flatware, 247 pcs
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $5,000- $5,400
$2,5000 Bids
145 pcs Gorham Strasbourg Sterling Flatware
Jul 09, 9:00 AM EDT
145 pcs Gorham Strasbourg Sterling Flatware
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $3,200- $3,400
$1,6000 Bids
81 Pcs. Sterling Silver Flatware, incl. Gorham Camellia
Jul 09, 9:00 AM EDT
81 Pcs. Sterling Silver Flatware, incl. Gorham Camellia
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $1,300- $1,400
$6500 Bids
79 Pcs. Gorham Chantilly Sterling Silver Flatware
Jul 09, 9:00 AM EDT
79 Pcs. Gorham Chantilly Sterling Silver Flatware
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $1,200- $1,400
$6000 Bids
49 Pcs. Gorham Melrose Sterling Silver Flatware, 50 items
Jul 09, 9:00 AM EDT
49 Pcs. Gorham Melrose Sterling Silver Flatware, 50 items
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $1,000- $1,200
$5000 Bids
Gorham "Imperial Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Punch Soup Ladle, circa 1905-1917
Jul 02, 9:30 AM EDT
Gorham "Imperial Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Punch Soup Ladle, circa 1905-1917
by Rafael Osona Auctions
Est: $700- $900
$4000 Bids
68 pcs Assorted Sterling Flatware, incl. Gorham, Towle, Steiff
Jul 10, 1:00 PM EDT
68 pcs Assorted Sterling Flatware, incl. Gorham, Towle, Steiff
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $800- $900
$4000 Bids
Whiting Sterling "Mandarin" Flatware, 154 Pieces
Jul 10, 12:00 PM EDT
Whiting Sterling "Mandarin" Flatware, 154 Pieces
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$3,7500 Bids
Gorham Sterling Buttercup Serving Spoons, 2
Jul 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Gorham Sterling Buttercup Serving Spoons, 2
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$800 Bids
Gorham Sterling King George Serving Spoons, 2
Jul 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Gorham Sterling King George Serving Spoons, 2
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
WHITING STERLING FLATWARE SET IN VICTORIA PATTERN
Jul 10, 11:00 AM EDT
WHITING STERLING FLATWARE SET IN VICTORIA PATTERN
by Americana Auctions
Est: $1,200- $1,600
$6000 Bids
LOT ASSORTED STERLING PIECES
Jul 10, 11:00 AM EDT
LOT ASSORTED STERLING PIECES
by Americana Auctions
Est: $350- $450
$1750 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Gorham Silverware


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Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals

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EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

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Americana Auctions

Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC

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