I'm afraid Mr. Taylor has misinformed you. It is true that Gorham kept extensive records and their archives encompass a great deal of information. Charles H. Carpenter Jr. spent many years researching the archives before writing his definitive "Gorham Silver; 1831-1981". The book includes the most comprehensive list of Gorham marks ever published and does include yours in the Silverplate
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illustrates the same mark, but if you read the accompanying text, you'll note that they also indicate that it is a silverplate
Mark on this item was used 1853 by Gorham on sterling at the same time they were using coin silver. Mark shown on 925-1000 is much later. Cited Gorhams own records. THANK YOU VERY MUCH
If you look at the mark on your piece, you'll see that it includes "G MFG CO", the abbreviation for Gorham Manufacturing Company. Gorham did not incorporate under this name until 1865, prior to that year, they were Gorham & Co. Any mark that includes "G MFG CO" is therefore post-1865 production and obviously could not date from 1853. Your appraisal report has some inconsistencies. Is it possible to find out from exactly what in the Gorham archives your appraiser is quoting?
Your guess is as good as mine as to why there is not a silver content mark.
It was not uncommon for Gorham to leave out a standard mark on their coin silver items. As the "Lion, Anchor, G" was reserved for their solid silver pieces. According to Carpenter, the Lion (borrowed from English hallmark symbolism) was meant to indicate solid silver, coin before 1868 and sterling afterwards. This is one of the main reasons they had a different trademark (solitary anchor) to indicate plated ware.
The administrator needs to be sure of his info before moving posts.
Well, I try to, as do many others here. The only philosophy behind this forum is to expand the knowledge of silver, simply because it is a subject we all care about. That is why it is free and also why we strive to be as accurate as our resources allow. I will be moving this topic to silverplate, but for now it will stay here to allow for others to post their research finds.
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