These beautiful heirloom sterling silver fork tine earrings are created from Baronial-Old 1898 Sterling Silverware made by Gorham Silver. Brushed finish with sterling silver ear posts. LIMITED QUANTITY. *Each pair of earrings is slightly unique.
-The Gorham Manufacturing Company was one of the world's giants in the fields of silversmithing and sculptural foundry work.
The Gorham Manufacturing Company was founded in 1831 in Providence, Rhode Island, by Jabez Gorham silversmiths of the 19th century. There he learned to make coin-silver flatware (lightweight eating utensils made from lightweight, rolled silver) which formed the mainstay of his business in the early years.
In 1848 Gorham's son John took over as the head of the company. He was determined to grow the company and and Henry L. Webster. Gorham had apprenticed with Nehemiah Dodge, one of Providence's most respected traveled to England to purchase the first steam-powered drop press that was used in the United States to produce silver flatware. The increased efficiency allowed him to lower prices and increase production, eventually leading to Gorham's position as one of the largest silver manufactories in the world. Such was Gorham's expertise and dominance in the marketplace that even Tiffany & Co. outsourced all its silverware production to Gorham.