#68296 - Wine Coolers by All Makers GOR SPECIAL ORDER #6743 3HANDL
#68296 - Wine Coolers by All Makers GOR SPECIAL ORDER #6743 3HANDL
#68296 - Wine Coolers by All Makers GOR SPECIAL ORDER #6743 3HANDL
#68296 - Wine Coolers by All Makers GOR SPECIAL ORDER #6743 3HANDL
#68296 - Wine Coolers by All Makers GOR SPECIAL ORDER #6743 3HANDL
#68296 - Wine Coolers by All Makers GOR SPECIAL ORDER #6743 3HANDL
#68296 - Wine Coolers by All Makers GOR SPECIAL ORDER #6743 3HANDL
#68296 - Wine Coolers by All Makers GOR SPECIAL ORDER #6743 3HANDL

Wine Coolers by All Makers
Gorham Mfg. Co. #6743 WINE COOLER / PRESENTATION CUP

$45,000.00
Gorham Mfg. Co. #6743 WINE COOLER / PRESENTATION CUP
Stock No.
68296
Length
10 1/2 Inches
Qty. Available
In Stock: 1

Description

A parcel gilt sterling silver three-handled presentation cup. Maker's mark of the Gorham Manufacturing Company, Providence, Rhode Island, number 6743, mark in rectangle indicating special order work, circa 1900. Of baluster form, raised on a foliate skirt with three scroll feet, chaised with acanthus leaves, blossoms, and shells after the Rococo Revival style, the three handles cast with masks, acanthus leaves, beading, and fruiting grapevines, the body with three cartouches, two vacant, one engraved "Presented to / CHAS. H. STODDART / by his friends of / the advertsing fraternity / upon his twenty-fifth / anniversary as an active / member. / September twenty-seventh / Nineteen hundred ", acid-etched inside the foot ring with names in concentric circles; height of the cup is 10 1/2 inches, weight is 80.85 Troy ounces. The Gorham Love Cup [6743] The [6743] Love Cup was completed 3 September 1897 to replace a cup numbered [6511] which had been completed 22 July 1897 but 'spoiled in the pickle' (box 97) The [6511], design number 11397 C, was a special order made for Theodore B. Starr, the New York City retailer. The cup consisted of 85 Troy ounces eight pennyweight of sterling silver valued at $68.32. The elaborate casting for the cup required twenty-four hours of labor at a cost of $12.00 to accomplish, and an additional thirty hours of chasing, also costing $12.00 were needed to clean the castings. Then a silversmith worked for sixty hours at a labor cost of $27.00 to fashion the cup. At this point, the cup was chased for 135 hours ($54.00). Polishing consisted of 35 minutes for stoning (0.12), 2.75 hours for bobbing (0.69) and finishing (0.60). In this instance the stoning must have included pickling, a process in which the silver is placed in a bath of sulfuric acid to leach any copper from the surface (sulfuric acid plus copper form copper sulfate) and leave a bright surface of almost pure silver. Someone must have made the sulfuric acid too concentrated (10% is standard) or left the piece too long in the bath, because it was spoiled and the cup had to be remade. The second version used 81 Troy ounces 12 pennyweight of silver. Silversmithing took 70 hours (casting times were the same); only 130 hours were needed for the chasing. The company used the original calculations, which set direct labor and silver costs at $174.73 and added 20% for the overhead ($34.95), 40% for profit ($69.89) and 7.5% for administrative costs ($13.95) for a total of $293.55, plus $12.00 for gilding to make a sum of $305.55. The net factory price was set at $320.00, but Starr was granted a 'special discount' of $40.00 (that's almost as unusual in the Gorham records as re-making a piece!) and charged $280.00. Considering they had to make it twice, Gorham probably lost money on this transaction. Note that this piece is completely hand crafted by the same craftsmen who were making Martele', although in 1897 Gorham Martele' wares were not yet for sale. Samuel J. Hough Penelope R.O. Hough The Owl at the Bridge, Cranston, Rhode Island