Do you know anything else about 1992.209 beside what's online?
Jabez Gorham was fourteen years old when he became an apprentice. Seven years later, in 1813, he opened a jewelry business, and worked as a jeweler for the next several decades, eventually bringing his son into the business as well.
John Gorham took over his father's company, which in 1865 was incorporated as Gorham Manufacturing Company. For about ten years the company had great success, using new technology to increase production, but in 1877 John went broke and had to resign. Although these initial difficulties set the company back, it was not long before Gorham became the second most well-known American silver manufacturer, after New York's Tiffany & Co. Gorham went on to great national and international success and acclaim through the late nineteenth and into the twentieth centuries. In the 1960s, the company was sold and closed its doors.
Do you know why the museum has these objects? Were they a gift?
Both of these silver pieces were acquired with the funds from the H. Randolph Lever Fund in the early 1990 and 1992 as indicated in their accession numbers.
I'm not sure who owned them previously.