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Gotham silver frame... Maybe


#1

Hi
I’m not sure how active this forum is but any help and information will be gratefully received.
I recently brought a small picture frame - just over 3 inches / 9 cm tall.
It has what I believe to have a Gorham hallmark on it but I’m confused about the actual date. Even though it says that it’s sterling but it’s gold in color.
The frame opens by folding the "squiggly " bit at the back to the the side. The glass is thick and all the “hardware” seems not to be modern… but that’s just a guess on my behalf. - the pictures will be better than any description I can give…
If anyone can tell me when about it was made and any information- I will be most greatful.

Thanks ahead of time
Judith
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#3

Judith,

It’s been a LONG time coming, but I’m here to help! That is indeed a Gorham housemark. Hallmarks are reserved for precious metal objects that have been tested at an assay office. (Consult this page regarding hallmarks, housemarks, and makers’ marks.) Information on Gorham can be found here. The piece is goldplated, or vermeil (gold over silver). That series of marks was used the last quarter of the 19th century.