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This sterling silver set is is great condition and dates from 1955. They are marked Gorham Mfg. Co which stands for Gorham Manufacturing Company. Founded in 1831 by Jabez Gorham and partner, Henry L. Webster, they are one of the largest American manufacturers of sterling silver.

Starting out with flatware, they quickly grew a respected following and became highly influential during the peak of American silver production, around 1850-1940. In 1907, Gorham created an elaborate silver service for the battleship USS Rhode Island and the George W Bush chose Gorham "Chantilly" as the flatware for Air Force One.

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Chantilly has become Gorham’s most famous flatware pattern and was conceived in 1895 by their most infamous designer, William C. Codman.

The company's distinction was in their constant development of new designs and patterns as opposed to repeating traditional English patterns, such as the classic “King’s Pattern":

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In 1905, they opened a sales office and showroom on Fifth Avenue in New York City, which was designed for them by renowned architect Stanford White.

Their Candelabras are regularly seen on the auction market and consistently reach impressive prices. Last year, a seven-piece set (pictured top) was sold at J.Levine Auctions for £590 and in 2014, a splendid pair were sold at Alex Cooper Auctions, for £1,294 (pictured below).

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The set that came through the valuation service will be up for auction in October 18th-19th at Leslie Hindman’s Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts and Silver Auction and have been given an estimate of £400-£600.

We will keep you updated with the post-auction news!

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