Greetings! This is my first posting here, though I have been watching this forum off and on for some years. I greatly appreciate the world silver marks and have used them successfully several times. Here I have a beautiful 11.5" vase with an enigmatic mark. It is clearly marked for the Gorham company, but it carries the Redlich trademark as well. According to the Rainwater book, the companies never merged; in fact the Redlich company became part of Elgin Silversmiths in 1946 and the reference says that the Redlich mark is still in use (1975). I wonder how the vase got these two competing marks and why. Does anyone have any thoughts about this?
Hi ~ welcome to the forums. The vase was made by Redlich, retailed by Gorham at their New York store, 1890s-1920s - if manufactured by Gorham, would bear their lion/anchor/G trademark rather than 'Gorham Mfg. Co.'.
Thank you. That's a very good explanation. Hard to believe, though, that Gorham would sell their competitors' wares at their flagship store. I mean, Gorham made just about everything under the sun in silver. I appreciate the answer! Leo