A few years after his fathers death, Jabez was apprenticed at age 14 to Nehemiah Dodge, one of the founders of the silverware and jewelry industry in 18th-century New England. After learning his craft for seven years, Jabez formed a partnership that failed within five years. The determined young man then formed his own business as Jabez Gorham, Jeweler.Achieving enough success to hire a small staff, Jabez was the first to make French filigree jewelry and a special kind of gold chain known as the Gorham chain. But the business struggled until 1831 when Jabez and his craftsmen began making coin silver spoons, which had become quite popular throughout the northeast. Jabez took on partners and the enterprise flourished. Then he repurchased the silver business from former partner Henry Webster, a talented silversmith. But, by now, Jabez was wealthy and he didnt want to devote much time to the business, so he brought his son, John, into the Gorham company. However, John left the company after only a few months because of problems with the foreman. He worked at various jobs and then rejoined his father as a partner. John managed to pay off the debt and make the company grow.
In fact, over the next 15 years, John and his associates evolved from a small shop that mostly made silver spoons to one of the largest and most prominent silverworks in the world. Gorham dominated American silver from the late 19th century to the 20th century.
But creating and crafting beautiful and functional silverware is only part of the story. So talented and skilled were Gorhams artisans that they were often commissioned to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces and other important designs. For example, Gorham crafted the famous monument of George Washington for our nations Capitol Rotunda, as well as the famous statue of Theodore Roosevelt the last American president elected by popular mandate outside the Museum of Natural History in New York.The sculpture of the Independent Man commissioned for Rhode Islands famed domed state house serves as testimony to Gorhams artistic heritage. The Lincolns, Grants and, more recently, the Bush family chose Gorham for the elegant tableware that served so many friends and guests in the White House throughout their administrations. President Bush made Chantilly the official sterling flatware pattern of Air Force One. Grant chose Gorham to help commemorate the nations Centennial in 1876.
In addition to crafting for Admiral George Dewey in 1899. The largest single commission Gorham ever received was the famous Furber service. Perhaps no object better demonstrates the technical and artistic talents of Gorham craftsmen than the monumental silver and parcel-gilt Neptune epergne made for Furber and displayed at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876. Numents and presentation pieces for foreign dignitaries and heads of state, Gorham was called upon to design elaborate trophies to honor major sporting events.These included the Borg-Warner Trophy for the Indianapolis 500, the Davis Cup for tennis and the Americas Cup for yachting. Other noteworthy commissions received by Gorham ranged from Mrs. Abraham Lincolns tea set to a grand loving cup composed of 70,000 dimes. Throughout the years, other exhibitions of hand-hammered silver tables and ornate and imaginative hollowware pieces in silver and gold earned Gorham worldwide acclaim. Gorham won the Grand Prize Medal, Gold Medal and many other international awards.
Now entering its third century, the Gorham hallmark has been recognized as a symbol of excellence. In a world of constant change, some things should never change like maintaining and, if possible, elevating the highest standards of workmanship.
This is the commitment to the original founders principles that is shared to this day by the metalsmiths and crystal artisans who create beautiful and functional collections bearing the Gorham hallmark. The artists of Gorham continually dedicate themselves to an enduring legacy of Gorham artistic beauty and consummate craftsmanship. The item "Gorham Antique Flask Sterling Silver 3/8 Pt Art Nouveau Victorian Filigree" is in sale since Thursday, October 17, 2019.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.925)\Bottles, Decanters & Flasks". The seller is "weiserb" and is located in New York, New York. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Viet nam, Uruguay, Ukraine, Cayman islands.