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Monday, October 27, 2008

Gorham Weight Marks

We receive many questions regarding the die stamped marks found on the backs of some Gorham pieces. We asked Gorham Customer Service about this. Their reply was, "Up until the 1980's, Gorham sterling was available in different weights:
  • H - Heavy
  • E - Extra Heavy
  • M - Massive
  • R - Regular
  • T - Trade"

Below are pictures of examples - you may want to click on a picture to see a larger version. As you can see, the weight mark may appear in different places.

The first picture also illustrates an example of a retailer stamping the business name on the back. This was common earlier in the last century. In our opinion, these retailer marks do not devalue a piece. In fact, they may add value because they provide an additional indication of the age of the piece. In this example, the piece evidently was sold originally by J. C. Grogan & Co., founded in 1892 in Pittsburgh.

Click on any picture to see a larger version. By clicking on "Comments" below, you can see posted comments and add your own questions/comments.


Lynn said...

I just recently purchased two Gorham candle stick holders from an Estate Sale. The bottom is stamped Gorham, Sterling, Cement filled, reinforced, with rod, 662. Above this is "hand scratched" 2349 F/3. Below that this number is written in hand then scratched out: 2017 (I think) F/3. Can you help me identify my new purchase. Thanks

Silver Jim said...

The item at this site looks like it may be the same as yours: .


aja said...

I have a pedestal dish, marked "GORHAM STERLING weighted reinforced with other metal". There are also the numbers 1140 and 3 other markings I can identify. Can anyone help me with identifying this dish and it's worth.

Silver Jim said...

I could not find this exact dish. I recommend looking for similar dishes. Go to and search for "Gorham sterling pedestal". Click on the pieces listed to see a longer list of pieces.

If you tried to sell, you probably could get 25% to 50% of the prices you see on the Replacements pages.

Anonymous said...

You mention the five different weights. I'm assuming Heavy, Very Heavy and Massive are lightest to heaviest. Where does Trade and Regular fall in this continuum?


Silver Jim said...

Regular and Trade are roughly the same and are the lightest, or at least as I understand it.

Anonymous said...

All and I say all hollowware even napkin rings from the company's beginning had a cost code, design number and weight, i.g., (4/12 meaning 4 troy ounces and 12 pennyweights) scratched on its base.