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Rare Large Antique Gorham Special Order All Sterling Silver Powder Jar Box ~ Fancy Floral & Scroll
Rare Large Antique Gorham Special Order All Sterling Silver Powder Jar Box ~ Fancy Floral & Scroll
Lid ~ Cover:  Rare Large Antique Gorham Special Order All Sterling Silver Powder Jar Box ~ Fancy Floral & Scroll
Rare Large Antique Gorham Special Order All Sterling Silver Powder Jar Box ~ Fancy Floral & Scroll

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Fine Pair Tiny Antique All Sterling Silver Vanity Powder Jars, Rouge Pots, Boxes c. 1908

Fine Pair Tiny Antique All Sterling Silver Vanity Powder Jars, Rouge Pots, Boxes c. 1908

Material:  Sterling Silver

Maker:  Gorham Manufacturing Co

Hallmark:  Box ~ Lion, Anchor, G,  Sterling, Horizontal Special Order Code; PAY,  Lid ~ Sterling

Size:  Width ~ apx. 3 & 7/8 inches, Height ~ 2 & 7/8 inches

Quantity:  1 lidded powder jar

This antique Gorham sterling silver powder jar is decorated with beautiful floral garlands and medallions, surrounded by opulent scrolls, feathers and a very detailed design that has the look of engine turning commonly found beneath enamel work.

As designated by Gorham's horizontal alpha code, this box was a ~ one-of-a-kind ~ special order piece.  These items were commonly referred to as Specials and as the name indictates each piece is absolutely unique, with no identical pieces ever made and therefore very rare.   Per the Special Order and Sample dating infomation available in Pristo's book, Martele Gorham's Nouveau Art Silver, this powder jar was made/completed apx. 1908 - 09.

The engraved and chased decoration on the box is very fancy.  Intricate design, similar to engine turning, surrounds a flower garland motif that includes roses and other flowers.  The medallions or cartouches, which feature highly polished centers, are encircled with elaborate feathers.  Ornate scrolls highlight the entire design.  Box interior is covered in a lovely gold wash vermeil.

This lovely vanity ~ boudoir item is in nice antique estate condition.  There are no brakes, cracks, etc., but there are some fairly minor dings, most noteable when viewed from inside the box, otherwise very hard to detect.  Additionally, one tiny pencil point size ping to a side panel, as well as one similar to base.  Base sits perfectly flat.  Lift/pull off lid fits very snugly and securely, to the point where it is slightly challenging to separate/reattach from/to base.   All appears to be original, so we can only assume that lid was made to fit snugly.
Gold gilt interior remains quite bright and shiney.
Amazingly, this beautiful antique powder box was never monogrammed or otherwise personalized.

As reported by independent researcher and notable Gorham archivist, Samuel Hough, Special Order items were unique, one of a kind pieces.  Today, apx. 100 years later, Specials are quite rare and hard to find.  If you collect unique, unusual or rare American sterling, this fine antique powder box may be of interest.

Rare Large Antique Gorham Special Order All Sterling Silver Powder Jar Box ~ Fancy Floral & Scroll

$ 749.00

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