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GORHAM & CO FOR TIFFANY & CO
I am presenting here, a meat fork that appeared on Ebay,
in March this year.
At the time, I was very surprised to see that it had been made
by Gorham & Co for Tiffany & Co.
Some members of ASCAS more knowledgeable than I am would
not perhaps have been surprised, but I venture to guess that
others would have, and so it is with these others in mind that I am
sharing this information.
My experience in the world of silver is not great but I had
gradually come to learn that in America, the above mentioned two
companies are world famous in this trade and are very strong
competitors. So how come Tiffany was retailing a flatware item
made by Gorham?
The answer is that according to the seller, it was made
In Sterling Silver Holloware, second printing 1973, Dorothy T
Rainwater provides a little history of these silversmiths.
The Gorham Company was founded by Jabez Gorham as jewelers but
it was not until Henry L Webster joined the firm in 1831, that
the manufacture of silver spoons was begun.
The Tiffany Company was founded in 1837 as jewelers but did not
begin to manufacture silver until 1868 when it acquired the
silverware factory of Edward C Moore.
From these dates it can be seen that Gorham had a headstart on
Tiffany of about 37 years. Tiffany's beginnings in the sale of
silverware were as a retailer of the products of a number of
makers of whom Gorham happened to be one.
This of course means, that it is not at all surprising that
Gorham made the meat fork for Tiffany, and other items as well.
It would be more correct to call this a "Gorham Medallion Meat Fork". I understand that
Gorham’s "Medallion" silver is much sought after.
Photos by kind permission of Lauren Stanley
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