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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 by their renowned designer, William C. Codman, in 1895.

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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Gorham has also made trophies for America’s Cup for yachting, The Davis Cup for tennis and the Borg-Warner Trophy for the Indianapolis 500.

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 $800 and in 2014, a splendid pair were sold at Alex Cooper Auctions, for $1,700 (pictured below).

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The set that came through the valuation service will be up for auction in October 18-19 at Leslie Hindman’s Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts and Silver Auction and have been given an estimate of $600-$800.

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

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