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    Sale 2004

    Important English, Continental and American Silver

    22 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 255

    AN AMERICAN SILVER COFFEE POT**

    MARK OF GORHAM MFG. CO., PROVIDENCE, 1893

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    AN AMERICAN SILVER COFFEE POT**
    MARK OF GORHAM MFG. CO., PROVIDENCE, 1893
    Of Islamic shape on circular foot chased with ocean waves, body chased with mythological scene, scrolling handle with ivory insulators and paw join, hinged cover with scrolling finial, marked on base with oval mark for samples, no. 5187
    12½ in. (31.7 cm.) high; 26 oz. (823 gr.) gross weight


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    According to Gorham scholar, Sam Hough, this coffee pot was produced in November 1893 either as a prototype or for special exhibition. This one-of-a-kind object required over 125 hours to chase, at a cost of $180. By comparison, far less time was spent chasing many of the Martele black coffee pots that were produced just a few years later.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.