Great Gorham Sterling Silver Florentine Cold Meat Serving Fork
Presented is an excellent old Gorham sterling silver cold meat serving fork.
This fork was made in the ornate Florentine pattern which was patented in 1901,
featuring sumptuous classically inspired designs through much of the surface of
the handle. The terminal has a Green Man type face trailing into fruit and
foliage, with stylized fish/dolphins flanking a scallop shell beneath, trailing
into more foliage and urns down the stem. The reverse has bellflowers and a
basket of fruit at the tip, with more foliate scrollwork above the tines and
pierced decoration. On the front of the terminal of the handle is a monogram of
GFB in stylized hand engraved lettering. Though this is commonly described as a
cold meat serving fork, it's a generously sized serving piece and can be used
for a wide variety of serving purposes.
remarkably crisp. There are no splits, no dents, no breaks, no monogram
removals, and no repairs.
The fork is stamped with the Gorham maker's mark as well as sterling and the
patent date of 1901. Notably the Gorham mark is a distinct and older style,
prominent but almost incorporated into the design, above the the tines on the
The fork measures about 8 1/2 inches long.
This piece weighs 104 grams or 3.7 regular ounces.