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Gorham Ellipsoid Shaped (Melon ~ Shaped)
Silver Pocket Nutmeg Grater
Pattern Number 5 ~ Circa 1868

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   Gorham Melon Nutmeg Grater Pattern 5 Circa 1868
"Flatware and small pieces of hollow ware of the 1850-1865 period occasionally made use of a lion that appears to be standing straight up on its rear haunches" (Charles H. Carpenter Gorham Silver, page 227 and page 228, Fig 12). The lion-anchor-G mark shown by Carpenter is identical to the mark on this nutmeg grater (Fig C4). However, in contradiction to Carpenter's dates, this nutmeg grater is also impressed "sterling" indicating a later fabrication; being no earlier than circa 1868.

                                                                                                                                                                                     [KLOPFER article © September 2013]