Rare Gorham For Starr & Marcus Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter Louis Xiv No Mono
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Rare Gorham For Starr & Marcus Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter Louis Xiv No Mono:
Superb and rare is this handsome6"(15.2cm.)Lpierced sterling silver sugar sifter fashioned byGorham Co.of Providence, RI.for famous jeweler Starr & Marcus (predecessors of Theodore Starr!)in the imaginative and elaborate patternLouis XIVpatented in1870. This sophisticated piece is invery good to excellent vintage condition and is restlessly waiting to dust those sumptuous strawberry crepes with a powdery layer of sugar! What an extravagant gift for the bride-personalize it for your favorite "sugar!"
From Silver Ephemera & Documentation
You will see that Starr & Marcus existed from 1862 to 1877, when it became Theodore B. Starr.
Starr & Marcus was an important jewelry firm, important enough to compete in the Bryant vase competition eventually won by Tiffany. The silver they sold, however, was usually produced by other firms; who knows who would have actually produced the vase if S&M had won!
At any rate, most Starr & Marcus marked pieces were made by either Gorham or John R. Wendt. Look for the Gorham trademark (Lion, Anchor, G) somewhere on your piece. If you find it, you'll know whose it is. If it says 925, or PATENT, or 925 PATENT, then it is likely a Wendt piece. Wendt didn't use their own trademark very often, but their pieces do often have a 925 or PATENT stamp. If you can describe the pattern, we might be able to nail down the name for you; most Wendt patterns have been identified.