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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Gorham Hallmarks

After our previous post, we received some emails requesting more information about Gorham hallmarks. We're not experts but we can show some examples.

As we mentioned in the last post, Gorham changed the information it places on pieces. Before 1950, Gorham used symbols to identify forks, spoons and other pieces. The picture below illustrates the three symbols: a lion, an anchor and the letter "G" plus the word, "Sterling". In this example, you also see some patent information on the right. Gorham made minor changes to this format over the years but the basic lion/anchor/G/Sterling combination should always be there. The patent information may not always be there. You may see some sellers use the abbreviation, "LAG", to represent this hallmark pattern.



After 1950, Gorham began to use the words, "Gorham Sterling", for its basic hallmark as illustrated in the picture below. Sometimes, you'll also see the pattern name on teaspoons.



Are pieces with the old marks more valuable? It depends. With all other things being equal, the older pieces probably are a little more valuable. But value is influenced to a much greater degree by the condition of a piece. A newer piece in excellent condition is preferred by many buyers to an older piece with extensive signs of wear.


There are several earlier posts on this blog that discuss markings of various kinds. You should read them in order to have a more complete picture of markings you may find.

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.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

We have a baby spoon that looks like chantilly pattern, and has a stand alone mark: "pat95" on the back of the handle. The lion, anchor, and another mark that we can't identify, are present at the base of the handle, followed by "STERLING". Is this a Gorham spoon?

Silver Jim said...

Could the other mark be a script "G"? If so, the piece sounds like a Gorham piece. The "pat95" also corresponds well with the Chantilly introduction year, 1895.

So I'm guessing, "Yes", it is Gorham.

Anonymous said...

Hello. I have a small oil lamp that says Gorham on the bottom along with E. P. Between the E and the P is a symbol that some sites say indicates the decade,1950, but there should be a number inside the symbol indicating the year in the decade. There is an anchor inside the symbol. Can anyone tell me about this?

Silver Jim said...

With respect to the Gorham lamp in the previous comment, I don't have an answer. This web page describes the date mark mentioned.

http://www.925-1000.com/Gorham_Date_Code.html

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Thanks for the informative dialog. I have a Gorham trumpet vase marked on the bottom with "Gorham EP an anchor and YCxxxx". I assume the "EP" stands for electro plate. I have had 2 people tell me its sterling. I disagreed with them. Can someone confirm which it is?
Thanks!!!

Silver Jim said...

I'll take a stab at the last question regarding E P.

Unless it says "Sterling" on the piece somewhere, it's a good bet it is NOT sterling. On some pieces, you might see the numbers "925" instead (representing 92.5% silver, the definition of sterling).

"E P" does represent "electroplating". So, sterling it's not!

Anonymous said...

I HAVE A ROUND CASSEROLE WITH STAMP
GORHAM
E(ANCHOR SYMBOL) P
YH 307
DO SOMEONE KNOW ABOUT THIS ITEM THE AGE AND THE COST.

Silver Jim said...

"E anchor P" is one of Gorham's marks for silver plate pieces. Although I have no knowledge about your specific piece, I doubt the value is great.

Anonymous said...

HI I FOUND A SPOON WITH THE PICTURE OF AN ANCHOR A LION AND REALLY I CAN'T TELL WHAT THE OTHER ONE IS AND AFTER THAT IT SAID STERLING AND PAT95 IS THIS WORTH ANYTHING?

Silver Jim said...

This is in reply to the "anchor lion" spoon question.

Yes, it should be worth at least $25, probably more, depending on pattern, size, condition, etc.

Anonymous said...

Hello I have a Gorham table top mirror with the markings E(anchor)P yc1849 I can't find Any info on it and was wondering if you would know something I don't about this piece?

Silver Jim said...

The mirror is made of silver plate. I'm assuming "1849" is the model number.

That's about all I can tell from the marks.

Alana B said...

I have a pitcher with elaborate leaf design on top is from Gorham
it does say silver soldered has an anchor and a number 0225 it also has an A stamped on it with the number IV just below the silver soldered stamping. The A is off to a side away from the rest of the stamping.
anyone can give me some information about it.

Silver Jim said...

This is a reply to Alana B.

This piece is made of silver plate. I don't know anything about this it but I do know that Gorham made pieces like this often for specific hotels, passenger trains and cruise ships. This was in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

The "225" is a model number, I feel certain.

Sorry I could not help any more.

Anonymous said...

Does the marking of YC mean anything on Gorham pieces?

Silver Jim said...

I don't recognize "YC" as having any standard meaning on Gorham pieces.