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In addition to the marks shown left, the Gorham , Lion, Anchor, G mark is also present, as well as the arrow type date mark for 1894;   we just could not fit everything in our picture.  :)

Material:  Sterling Silver
Maker:  Gorham
Hallmark:  Lion, Anchor, G  Sterling  
               #6675 in oval

Date Mark:  Arrow point w/circle = 1894

Size:  Height ~ 3  &    3/4 inches
         Width ~ 4  &  1/2 (including handle)
Quantity:  1

This is a very special antique Art Nouveau Gorham sterling silver mug or cup for a child, date marked for c. 1894, plus the number 6675 in an oval lozenge, as well as the original Gorham scratch marks beneath the lozenge.


Per the book by L.J. Pristo, Martele' Gorham's Art Nouveau Silver, the lozenge mark was used to indicate ~ Sample;  pieces made for the Company's own use, as prototypes, or for exhibitions.  Subsequently, Gorham Samples are rather rare and hard to find.  NOTE: This same reference also offers complete details regarding Gorham scratch marks. Brief excerpt:  Many pieces of Martele, as well as other Gorham items will have a group of figures or letters scratched into them, similar to jeweler marks on a watch.


This particular sample is a large mug, with a somewhat bulbous lower body, tapered middle and slightly flared, undulating lip.  The applied handle features a very ornate shell, scroll and feather motif.  The seemingly acid etched and engraved aesthetic Art Nouveau design appears to depict two turtles, or stylized sea creatures, frolicking and playing amidst swirling, flowing water.  Directly above the turtle design, and just below the cup lip ~ William P. Herod ~ is beautifully engraved.  Due to the shiny, reflective exterior of this mug it was very hard to capture the fine detail in our photographs.  Please ignore image reflection and glare.


The cup is quite heavy, solid and substantial.  weight is a considerable 5.69 troy ounces.


This mug was lovingly used by Master Herod, evidenced by a number off small bumps and dings, especially to lower rounded portion of cup which shows some areas generally affected, with several pings to base as well. Edge/drinking lip of cup also shows his attention, with several nicks, which can be felt and seen upon close inspection and it may be just slightly out of round.


The mug is not in perfect condition, it was not placed on a shelf and never used;  rather this mug was likely often used by a child full of spit and vinegar, as the saying goes and subsequently tells the story.  No large dents or dings;  mainly small, and visible more on inside of cup. We have tried to show the affected areas in the pictures.  The mug does sit level and handle is straight.


As stated, Gorham Samples are quite rare and hard to find and this particular very unique mug features a rather unusual, possibly one of a kind, aesthetic Art Nouveau design.  If you like children’s items, even if they show some signs of use, you will enjoy this mug, but if you prefer unused articles you may not appreciate this mug, so lovingly used & enjoyed by Master Herod.

Rare Antique Sterling Silver Gorham Sample Childs Mug Cup Turtles & Water

$ 595.00

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