1912 USA Gorham Sterling Silver Chain Mail Dress Handbag


An exquisite large sterling silver chain mail dress handbag in very fine condition.

It opens up to reveal the maker’s marks of a spurious British Sterling silver lion passant, the anchor for Birmingham and a Gothic letter. It is also stamped STERLING and 1407B and an image of a fish. The pretend marks are the trademark emblem for Gorham Silver, from Providence, Rhode Island, USA, in the 20th century. The fish is the date mark for 1912. The inside is engraved SUSAN MOORE.

The renowned Gorham Silver was founded in 1831 by Jabez Gorham, a master craftsman, in partnership with Henry L. Webster. The company specialised originally in flatware, but started bringing in designers, including George Wilkinson from England to expand the range. The White House has used Gorham silver in many of its administrations and both the America’s Cup for Sailing and the Davis Cup for Tennis were produced by the company.

Size: 19 x 14 x 1 cm (7 ½ x 5 ½ x 3/8 inches)
Weight: 213 g