Gorham Martele Figural Tray - SOLD
Item: Martele Tray - coded 9375 in an oval - Sterling Silver
Maker: Gorham, Rhode Island, 1897
Description: The tray is the under tray for a butter boat (for serving fish). It is a Sample completed October 2, 1897 making it one of the earliest pieces of Martele, and produced in the the sterling standard (sterling Martele was only made during 1897). The tray was made in 8 hours, and chased for an additional 6 hours. Unfortunately the specifc craftsmen for the earlier pieces are not identified in the Gorham production documentation. The tray is about 7 3/4 inches by 5 1/4 inches. It weighs 7.8 troy ounces.
The tray is one of the examples pictured in the book "Martele - Gorham's Nouveau Art Silver" on page 77, and documented in the book's production tables. Truly a rare and wonderful piece - early figural Martele that is a book example and at an affordable level for the beginning to advanced collector.
Condition: Average condition with typical wear to the surface with the surface showing normal wear from cleaning (not excessive). There is a period monogram in script engraved on the front.