Cambridge by Gorham
ICE CREAM SLICE with 6 ICE CREAM FORKS
A parcel-gilt sterling silver ice cream set, maker's mark of The Gorham Mfg. Co., Providence, Rhode Island, in the "Cambridge" pattern, introduced circa 1899, comprising an ice cream slice and six ice cream forks; length of the slice is 10 1/8 inches, weight of the set is 6.50 troy ounces. One method of serving ice cream during the 19th century was to bring the confection to the table in a single block, either by itself or in a baked crust, and serving it in slices. Sterling silver ice cream servers or slices were used to serve the delicacy. In 1802 a guest at the President's house said that Mr. Jefferson served ice cream in a piping hot crust which "...crumbled into thin flakes."