Serving Piece by Gorham
ICE CREAM SLICE c.1890, Bright-Cut Blade with Bird
A sterling silver ice cream slice, maker's mark of The Gorham Mfg. Co., Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1890 with original satin finish, decorated with Anthemia in relief and Japanese bright-cut bird and branches; length is 11 3/4 inches, weight is 3.05 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."