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Gorham Sterling Nursery Rhyme Plate
Reference: S1350
Period: Victorian
Year: 1879
Silversmith: Gorham
Place: Providence, Rhode island
Price: $ 370.00
Weight: 171 grams
Dimensions: 18.0 cm diameter
Condition: Very good, minor small dents and scratches from use.

Description: Delightful Gorham Sterling nursery rhyme plate, with embossed pictures depicting scenes from nursery rhymes around the rim. Rhymes depicted include "the cat and the fiddle", "the cow jumped over the moon", "sing a song of sixpence", "4 and 20 blackbirds" and some we haven't identified (teapot, cock, spoon and bowl, teacup and rose, wolf). 31 pictures are present, with 9 different designs, repeated in a random fashion. The plate is very good quality, the embossing is superb, with very fine detail. The plate is engraved on the back "J.M.W., X mas 1885" - indicating it was a Christmas present. The initials "W.W.S." in different script are below, we assume a later owner. The hallmarks are very clear, the Gorham trademarks (Lion, Anchor and capital G), along with "Sterling" and "L93" (L is the yearmark for 1879). This beautiful antique silver Gorham plate would make an ideal Christening present. This plate is depicted in the book "Gorham Silver 1831-1981", by Charles Carpenter, pg 212, which is shown with a matching bowl. The example depicted in the book belongs to the Smithsonian.
Gorham Sterling Nursery Rhyme Plate
Gorham Nursery Rhyme Plate

Gorham Sterling Nursery Rhyme Plate
Detail of rim 1

Gorham Sterling Nursery Rhyme Plate
Detail of rim 2

Gorham Sterling Nursery Rhyme Plate
Detail of rim 3

Gorham Sterling Nursery Rhyme Plate
Inscription on base

Gorham Sterling Nursery Rhyme Plate
Hallmark

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