Dating gorham silver
The following list is compiled from emails of Silver Forum subscribers: The list consists of designers and maker's marks that have been difficult to find in reference materials so far.
The left box of each row is for the mark, either a photograph or text indicating the name found on the piece.
The dating system was discontinued in 1830 when the silversmiths developed another system.
Please inquire A pair of sterling and mixed metal footed open salts with silver and copper applications, different on each one and depicting butterflies, salamander, fish and a bronze worm.
Britain always used the standard 925 and had another standard which is 956 silver which was called Britannia silver (this Britannia silver is seldom seen) and instead of the Lion rampant or lion Pageant you would see Britaina. Hence why British silver is sought after pre-1900 hundreds.
Britain would not accept any standard below 925 as silver. Scandinavian countries used 830s silver like Denmark moved to using 925 silver in 1927 however even though a higher grade of silver was used by most jewellers in Scandinavia, they stuck to stamping there jewellery 830s as they did not have to pay a tariff to the assaying office for the change over to 925.
The silver handle is wrapped with bamboo as a heat stopper. The applications are connected by engraved tendrils on the hammering. The applications are slightly different on each side. The pitcher has a chased rfrog among the leaves and applied copper bugs with lotus leaves.
The earliest silversmiths in the colonies used their initials.