Silver enthusiasts (and closeted history buffs) take note: Gorham Manufacturing Company was selected for the White House by Mary Todd Lincoln—Who clearly, knew an honest thing when she saw it.
Founded in Rhode Island in 1831—years before other U.S. silversmiths like Reed and barton appeared—Gorham Manufacturing Company began in coin silver production, but moved to sterling in 1868. The transition was an advantageous one, as sterling—much softer than coin silver—led to the company’s first flatware sets. Featuring Rococo and Art Nouveau-inspired patterns, flatware remains among the most-collected of Gorham Manufacturing Company pieces. Patterns to look for? We adore Chantilly, Buttercup, Raphael, and of course—Lady Washington.