This Gorham cocktail pitcher and stirrer are from the great midcentury modern designer on Gorham's staff, Donald H. Colflesh. This pitcher is silverplated and the with a bold black plastic serpentine handle. It stands approximately 11 ¼ " tall and is about 3" in diameter. There is an ice catcher lip inside at the spout, making this a stunning martini pitcher. The pitcher is faintly marked with the Gorham script logo.
The stirrer is also silver plated and measures about 12 ¾ “ long. It is stamped on the back Gorham, and has Gorham’s silverplate mark E, a shield with and ship achor in it and a P; N13 is stamped after these marks.
This beverage server is illustrated in the MODERNISM IN AMERICAN SILVER catalog/book by Jewel Stern and was part of the accompanying exhibition that traveled to several museums in the United States. The exhibition started at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery. The illustration appears on page 288 of this book. The pitcher is faintly marked with the Gorham script logo. The Colflesh beverage server was designed in 1959.
This cut crystal decanter is topped with a sterling silver and glass stopper by La Pierre Manufacturing Company of Newark, New Jersey. The drop shaped decanter has diamond cuts all around the bulb; the neck of the decanter is panel cut all around. The doorknob shaped stopper is in the art nouveau style, and features repoussé of an orchid and fluttering butterfly, framed by an art nouveau undulating wave. The sterling is marked discreetly around the outer border of the frame with STERLING, La Pierre’s manufacturing mark £, and 8182. The decanter stands approximately 12 ¼ “ high and is about 4 ½ “ in diameter. The crystal is in excellent vintage condition; the silver on the stopper has numerous little dents on its surface.
This sterling and glass ice bucket is by E. Dragsted of Denmark, circa 1950. Designed with a grape motif, the ice bucket sterling silver handle has a ball at the center supported by scrolls terminating in grape clusters; where the handle connects to the glass ice container on either side is a rosette from which dangles a grape cluster attached by o rings.., The ice bucket is approximately 10 ¼ “, by tall, 7 ½ “ , by 5 1⁄8“ wide. The inner handle of the ice bucket is marked E. DRAGSTED, STERLING, DENMARK, and 1794 A.
Silver German/Dutch Wine - Punch Taster
This two handled wine or punch taster is made of continental silver and has a Dutch (Netherlands) assay hallmark for imported silver wares. It is probably German made or it is possible that it was made in the Netherlands and had left the country and was assayed again when it reentered as the silver workmanship does appear to be Dutch or German. There is also a marker's hallmark in a square on the taster it is not clearly struck and only an "?ADB" can be clearly read. This taster is approximately 1 5⁄8 inches tall and about 5 1⁄2 inches in diameter, about 9 1⁄8 inches over the handles. This larger size would indicate that its use was for tasting punches as well as wines. Of course most punches were made from wines. It is decorated with two nicely cast and applied handles that have a grape, floral and grape leaves motif. The bowl of the taster is decorated with four rows of handmade repousse beading along with some scrolls and additional beading in the bottom of the bowl. Between rows two and three of the beading, there is a row of twelve repousse vertical lines. Wine tasters are often decorated with repousse to reflect additional to help with the inspection of the wine when tasting. The entire taster does appear to be handmade. There is also an applied ring foot on the taster.
This collapsible corkscrew conceals conveniently into the handle of this Corkscrew Roundlet for easy transportation on ones person. Closed, the sterling silver roundlet is approximately 3 inches long and is decorated with repousse scrolls.
"STERLING 925" is stamped in the mid-section of the roundlet. There are no other markings or engravings. The shank portion of the corkscrew is steel, as sterling is too soft of a metal hold up to the stress of pulling corks from a bottle.