Letter 'H' contained within a rhombus:
This is from my set of the 'Old French' pattern that was purchased from Spaulding & Co. in Chicago in 1905. In my set, the forks have an 'H' in a rhombus, the spoons have an 'E' in a rhombus, and the knives do not have a letter mark.
I have six three-piece place settings. I don't know that Gorham originally packaged this as a set. My ancestors may have gone to Spaulding and said something like, "I'll have six of those spoons, six of those forks, and six of those knives." Does anyone have a set that Gorham originally packaged as a set that has different letters on different pieces?
The letter marks on my pieces are hand stamped. You can tell because they are in slightly different positions on different pieces. The other marks are all uniformly positioned. I suppose Gorham could have stamped pieces differently for different retailers. And retailers who were also silversmiths, like Spaulding & Co., certainly had the ability to stamp pieces themselves for their own purposes.
If anyone has 'Old French' pieces with stamped letters, I'd like to compare the sizes and weights of their pieces with my pieces.