Gorham silver is very well known in America. It has a
good reputation for representing quality silver. Jabez
Gorham founded the firm in Providence, Rhode Island in 1848.Year
markings with the alphabet A to Q were used between 1868 to
1884, after that, symbols were adopted until 1933. In the
meantime frames are used for appropriate decades. A square
for the 40s, a pentagon for the 50s, a hexagon for the 60s,
a heptagon for the 70s, an octagonal for the 80s and so
on!In the pentagon is a year number.
Conclusion: Looking from top to bottom.
1) The words GORHAM are the makers name.
2) The symbols underneath are the twentieth century
symbol of Gorham.The outer frame an octagonal represents the
3) The pentagon with a number 1 means the year.
This piece of sterling silver was made, by the
siversmiths Gorham in 1981.