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Gorham info.

Postby NAllen731 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:28 pm

I have this Gorham knife. It appears to be silver but it is not hallmarked like others I have seen. Any info?
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Re: Gorham info.

Postby gsmith7158 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:16 pm

Just wondering how do you know that it's Gorham if it's not hallmarked or stamped?
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Re: Gorham info.

Postby NAllen731 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:58 pm

The tang is stamped Gorham on one side and 041 on the other.

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Re: Gorham info.

Postby gsmith7158 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:09 pm

Most likely silverplate then if it doesn't say Sterling on the handle and doesn't bear Gorham hallmark on the blade.
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Re: Gorham info.

Postby Berryb » Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:32 am

Is the floral pattern on the handle from one of their tableware patterns, or is it unique to the knife?
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Re: Gorham info.

Postby RobesonsRme.com » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:44 pm

If it's a fruit and nut knife, should the master blade not be silver?

Gorham made some Sterling silver handled knives, but I agree this is not one.

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Re: Gorham info.

Postby knife7knut » Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:07 am

I don't have my fruit knife book handy but I suspect the 041 stamp may be a pattern number. A lot of USA made fruit knives were usually .900 fine (coin)silver but many were not stamped as such. It could also be silver plated as Gorham made a lot of silver plate. Without doing any invasive testing it is hard to determine what it is made of. Some of them had steel blades and could be tested with a magnet but most were made of a non-ferrous metal. Others liked to do a bend test(NOT recommended)by deflecting the blade sideways and see if if pops back into position. A silver or nickel silver plated blade will stay bent while a steel blade will not.
It looks like a nice old fruit knife and I don't believe the difference in value between a silver plated and solid silver is very much;unless you're looking to melt it down for the silver content. ::dang::
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