Description: 4 Piece, Sterling Silver Gorham Melon Tea and Coffee Service
One of the finest designs, this “Melon” pattern Coffee Pot and Teapot, Cream and Sugar by Gorham have elegant forms that seem to swell out from the base to the high shoulder, with ribbed walls that form panels and chased scrolls that cascade down from the high shoulder. The lids complete the form with a compass of arrows that begin from the base of the ivory and sterling knobs (which mirror the forms of the body) – and reaches out to two finely chased borders. On each pot there is a single – obviously hand chased – flourishing A in the cartouche that melds into the surrounding decoration. The opposing side’s cartouche lacks the A.
There is no give to the handles and no sway to the hinged lids. The set came from the original family and was carefully looked after. Each piece is hefty and substantial as is common in American heirloom sterling silver sets. Besides the Gorham Sterling Silver mark all pieces bear the marks GORHAM / and a cursive D mark – zeppelin mark 1929 (except coffee pot) / Sterling / 880-3 / with an additional mark noting the volume
Dimensions: Coffee Pot 9″ tall. Weighs approximately 850 grams.
Teapot – 6″ tall. Weighs approximately 737 grams.
Covered Sugar – 5″ x 5”. Weighs approximately 470 grams.
Creamer 4” with a gold washed interior weighs approximately 223 grams.
Total weight of the set is approximately 2270 grams.
Date: The Zeppelin dates the set to 1929.
Origin: Cincinnati Estate (acquired in Savannah)
Condition: Minimal use has left this set in excellent condition with no dents. Very fine brush marks on the teapot’s lid from polishing. Please see photos as they are an integral part of the condition report and ask any questions that you have about the item so that we can satisfy you.
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