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Sterling Silver American Water Jug made in 1949


A very good quality sterling silver American water jug of baluster form onto a circular foot.

Date 1949
Made By Gorham Manufacturing Company
Location America
Stock Number W61x17

Out of stock

Maker: Gorham Manufacturing Company

A very good quality sterling silver American water jug of baluster form onto a circular foot.

The jug is in the typical mid-18th century English style (c. 1750) where they were often referred to as “beer jugs”.

This impressive jug has a scroll handle ornamented with a leaf thumbpiece.

A fine jug of good quality, weight and condition made by one of America’s finest silversmiths.

Capacity 3.65 UK pints (4.4 US pints)

Dimensions: height 20.5 cm; weight 29.25 troy oz.

Gorham Manufacturing Company

The Gorham Manufacturing Company is one of the largest American manufacturers of sterling and silver-plate and a foundry for bronze sculpture.

Gorham Silver was founded in Providence, Rhode Island, 1831, by Jabez Gorham, a master craftsman, in partnership with Henry L. Webster. The firm’s chief product was spoons of coin silver. The company also made thimbles, combs, jewellery and other small items.

In 1842, the Congress enacted a tariff which effectively blocked the importation of silverware from outside the United States, which aided the American silver industry. Jabez Gorham did not take full advantage of this opportunity, but in 1847 Jabez retired and his son, John Gorham, succeeded him as head of the company. He introduced new production methods and taught skilled foreign workmen to train his American staff.

In 1865, the Rhode Island legislature granted a charter in the name of Gorham Manufacturing Company, and, in 1890, the company relocated to a factory on Adelaide Avenue in Providence.

During the heyday of American silver manufacturing (approximately 1850 – 1940), Gorham was highly influential. William Christmas Codman, one of Gorham’s most noted designers, created the Chantilly design in 1895, which has become the most famous of Gorham’s flatware patterns. The company has produced matching hollowware in both sterling and silver-plate.

Delivery Details

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Some countries levy import duties and local taxes. Payment of these is the purchaser’s responsibility and beyond the control of William Walter Antiques Ltd. When the container has reached the destination country, a customs representative will contact you for payment prior to delivery.

Import restrictions are applicable to some destinations, especially the import of products containing materials such as ivory and tortoiseshell. We cannot accept orders requiring shipment to any countries which implement such controls.

All items are checked and photographed prior to packaging, and we aim to dispatch 1-3 days after receiving cleared payment.

Delivery Charges:
For the UK £15.00
For Europe £30.00
For the rest of World £50.00
The charges are subject to change

About William Walter Antiques

At the heart of William Walter Antiques is our dedication to providing our customers with beautiful silver of supreme quality, which celebrates all that is precious about sterling silver. Customer service also being paramount, our long-standing, devoted staff team go above and beyond the call of duty for all our clients. We believe it is this combination of passion and commitment that has kept our customers with us for many years.

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