seaside*collectibles is pleased to bring you this fine example of late Victorian - Early Deco design & workmanship. This Vanity Set is a real classic in fine sterling silver and manufactured by the GORHAM COMPANY at the pinnacle of their popularity. It is an authentic antique set in EXCELLENT Condition. Not often found, there are NO Monograms are present on any of the pieces. This set includes: Hand Mirror, Hair Brush, Clothes Brush, Manicure Scissor & Nail Buffer. There are actually a total of 6 pieces presented in this set when including the sterling Nail Buffer case. Set weighs nearly 2 pounds (lbs) or 0.9072 kilos.
It is designed with a classic Modern Art Period leaf flourish placed delicately all around the frame & handles. The GORHAM STERLING 350 Gorham Sterling Mark is present on all of the vanity pieces. The # 350 is the pattern number and the set was made in the Mid 1930s - the Early 1940s. The GORMAN STERLING 60 _ 2 only appears on the bottom of the Nail Buffer sterling dish / case.
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Dateline/Era: Early 20th Century. Mid 1930s - the Early 1940s. ref: B25_vanity
Design: Early Art Deco
Materials: STERLING, beveled glass mirror, unknown metal for scissor blades.
Detailed Condition: Overall in EXCELLENT condition. Inventory stickers present. Any known flaws are listed in theindividual descriptions. The pieces are all shown with light tarnish, so they'll need some restorative sterling cleaning. We recommend Wrights Silver Cream.
The Hair Brush is in excellent condition with no dark tarnish or dents. It is 10 1/2 " Length x by 3 " Width. The bristle plate is original to the brush and also in great condition.
The Manicure Scissors are very sharp and measure 4 3/4 " Length x 2 " Width in the closed position. The sterling handles are in great condition with no dark tarnish. The lighter color strips (that appear across the handles) are where a linen cloth was tied to keep the scissors in the closed position for storage.
The Clothes Brush measures 7 " in Length x 2 1/8 " Width. The sterling is in excellent condition with no dark tarnish. There are a couple of tiny dents present along the back. The bristle plate is original to the brush and also in great condition.
The Hand Mirror measurements are: 14 " Length x 5 1/8 " Width. The beveled mirror is deteriorating in places along the edges. The sterling back is in great condition, with the exception of some deep dings in one portion of the handle.
The Manicure Nail Buffer sits inside its own sterling dish and measures 5 5/8 " Length x 1 3/4 " Width. The detailing is really nice on this piece, the pattern follow through under the lip of the buffer, not just on top. It is in beautiful condition though the buffer suede cloth is somewhat worn from previous use.
Keep or suitable to give as a gift to someone special or keep in your antique sterling smalls collection.
Highly Collectible. Only one set of this design available from seaside*collectibles. Don't let it get away!
"Gorham silver was founded in Providence, Rhode Island 1831 by Jabez Gorham, a master craftsman, in partnership with Henry L. Webster. The firm's chief product was spoons of coin silver. The company also made thimbles, combs, jewelry, and other small items.
In 1842, a tariff which effectively blocked the importation of silverware from outside the United States was passed, which aided the American silver industry. Jabez Gorham did not take full advantage of this opportunity, but in 1847 Jabez retired and his son, John Gorham, succeeded him as head of the company. John Gorham introduced mechanized production methods, enlarged the premises in downtown Providence, improved the designs, and expanded the product line.
In 1852 Gorham toured many of Europe's silver workshops and manufacturers, speaking with individual specialists, including master craftsmen and toolmakers. He also sought out highly skilled foreign workmen to train his American workers. George Wilkinson, a premier designer and workshop manager, was hired from England.
During the heyday of American silver manufacturing, approximately 1850 - 1940, Gorham was highly influential.
In 1865 a charter was granted by the Rhode Island legislature by the name of "Gorham Manufacturing Company".
In 1890 the company relocated to a factory on Adelaide Avenue in Providence.
Throughout the latter half of the 19th century and into the 20th, Gorham attracted some of the best designers and silver artisans in the world. In 1895 the famed Gorham designer, William C. Codman, designed Chantilly, which has become the most famous of Gorham's flatware patterns. Matching holloware has been made in both sterling and silver plate.
In 1905 the firm opened a show and sales office on Fifth Avenue in New York City, which was designed for Gorham by renowned architect Stanford White.
The company was purchased by Textron in 1967, a move that some critics claim decreased quality due to management's lack of understanding of Gorham's specialty, producing high-quality sterling silverware and holloware.
Gorham was owned by Brown-Forman Corporation from 1991 to 2005 until it was sold to Department 56 in the Lenox holdings transaction.
In its history the firm assumed these names: Gorham & Webster (1831 -1837), Gorham, Webster & Price (1837 - 1841), J. Gorham & Son (1841-1850), Gorham & Thurber (1850 - 1852), Gorham & Company (1852 - 1865), Gorham Mfg. Company (1865 - 1961), Gorham Corp. (from 1961)." --W
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