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The Historical Account Of Gorham Manufacturing Company

By Jinky Pauline Salcedo

Gorham Manufacturing Company is a prominent American manufacturer of sterling and even silverplate. So famous and high-class are the Gorham silver that it has marked its place in the historical past of the United States of America. Gorham Silver Company historical past boasts of awesome pieces of art that have made history. Most of its distinctive creations are:

*The spectacular Century Vase that was commissioned by Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant comprising much more than 2,000 ounces of silver. It was employed for the honor of the one hundredth anniversary of the United states.

*The specially created grand “loving cup” for Admiral George Dewey in 1899 which was made up of 70,000 dimes

*Theodore Roosevelt’s breathtaking sculpture in New York that overlooks the Museum of Natural History

*George Washington’s well known monument in the Capitol’s Rotunda

*The famous “Independent Man” of Rhode Island’s state house

*Gorham’s Chantilly which was employed by the George W. Bush family as the flatware service on Air Force One

However, most likely the best accomplishment that Gorham received has been from the commission of the Chief executive of Universal Life Insurance Company of New York, Colonel Henry Jewett Furber. He developed the Furber Service that showcased a dazzling 740 piece service that described the Victorian era dining. Up to this time, the service is a highlight in the Rhode Island School of Design’s exhibit on American decorative arts.

It also has been a wonder exactly how Gorham Manufacturing Company commenced and gradually constructed its very own empire within the past 2 centuries.

Gorham Manufacturing Company commenced when a master craftsman of Rhode Island with the name of Jabez Gorham took charge in 1831. Henry L. Webster, a gifted silversmith was his working associate. In the beginning, Gorham silver fabricated coin silver spoons. The firm furthermore designed thimbles, jewelry, combs as well as other little pieces during the 16 years of its existence.

Just around 1847, John, Jabez’s son succeeded him as the new manager of the firm. He was a persistent man. The firm payed all its debt and expanded a tiny shop into a major and leading silverworks firm in the globe. He launched the utilization of devices and utilized manufacturing methods to enrich the designs as well as boost the quantity of the manufacturing line.

Resulting from John’s tolerance along with conviction, 1850 to 1940 represents the influential time of the Gorham Manufacturing Company in the history. It was brought from the countless travels and business trips of John to Europe’s diverse workshops and manufacturers. He brought his American personnel being trained by extremely competent international workmen. He similarly employed the Englishman George Wilkinson as Gorham’s highly regarded designer and workshop manager.

As Gorham gets into its third century, the Gorham hallmark has acquired worldwide acclaim. In reality, the Gorham hallmark is viewed being a symbolic representation of excellence and of the best standards in workmanship. Right up until this very day, the metalsmiths and crystal artisans of Gorham Manufacturing Company have devoted themselves to continuously uphold the commitment of the original founder’s concepts.

The writer is a contributor of write ups and published articles in other leading article sites. Topics of interest include antique silver bowls and the history of Gorham Manufacturing Company.

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Salcedo, Jinky P. "The Historical Account Of Gorham Manufacturing Company." The Historical Account Of Gorham Manufacturing Company. 30 Jun. 2010. 22 Oct 2015 <>.

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