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Sterling silver holds intrinsic value as a precious metal, but antique silver pieces can be even more valuable than their silver content would indicate. This added value depends on the craftsmanship, maker and desirability of the piece offered for sale, along with the venue where an item is sold. With more and more antique silver pieces being destroyed for their scrap value, the price of pieces that survive will continue to rise.
The firm's chief product was silver spoons although they also made thimbles, combs, jewelry, and other small items. Ina tariff which effectively blocked the importation of silverware from outside the United States was passed, which served as an impetous to the American silver industry. Jabez Gorham did not take full advantage of this opportunity, but in Jabez retired and his son, John Gorham, succeeded him as head of the company.
The Gorham Manufacturing Company is one of the largest  American manufacturers of sterling and silverplate and a foundry for bronze sculpture. The company also made thimbles, combs, jewelry, and other small items. Inthe Congress enacted a tariff which effectively blocked the importation of silverware from outside the United States, which aided the American silver industry.
Stunning rare brooch depicting a girl and grapes. Gold 14 carat, enamel. Gorham Manufacturing Company silver jewelry.