The firm's chief product was silver spoons although they also made thimbles, combs, jewelry, and other small items. Ina tariff which effectively blocked the importation of silverware from outside the United States was passed, which served as an impetous to the American silver industry. Jabez Gorham did not take full advantage of this opportunity, but in Jabez retired and his son, John Gorham, succeeded him as head of the company.
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CompanyGorham Corp. The company moved into a new headquarters in Providence, RI in as employment surpassedand in they opened a retail outlet on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Throughout the latter half of the 19th century and into the 20th, Gorham attracted some of the best designers and silver artisans in the world. Their rapidly expanding business of doing one-of-a-kind pieces on commission for major world figures and events expanded their profile and introduced Gorham to an international clientele.
The Gorham Manufacturing Company is one of the largest  American manufacturers of sterling and silverplate and a foundry for bronze sculpture. The company also made thimbles, combs, jewelry, and other small items. Inthe Congress enacted a tariff which effectively blocked the importation of silverware from outside the United States, which aided the American silver industry.
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I love old American sterling silver flatware. I believe it is one of the most underappreciated and undervalued antiques currently available in the marketplace. So you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across a partial set of Gorham sterling flatware selling below scrap value during an outing to a local garage sale last summer.
And also like many, they have not used it for many years. So this spring, with my parents looking to move and my sister, brother and I uninterested in silverware that requires regular polishing, I started looking to sell it. Real sterling silver should be identified with the number. Other details may be noted as well.