Gorham 14K Gold Chalice - SOLD
Item: 14k Gold Chalice - coded XEDU - 14k Fine Gold with an approximately .55 carat diamond in the cross.
Maker: Gorham, Rhode Island, 1919
Description: The chalice is a Special order completed by Gorham on May 26, 1919. Costing records indicate 89 1/4 hours in making, 2 3/4 hours stamping, 7 1/4 hours spinning, 2 3/4 hours casting, and 22 hours of chasing for the chalice. The original factory net price for the chalice in 1919 was $693.00. In today's money, adjusting for the dollar rate and for the price of gold, the factory net at that time was equivalent to a factory net today of around $11,000.00 (mark up was around 60 percent, so the ending retail value was in the vicinity of $17,500.00 in today's dollars). The chalice is 9 1/8 inches tall, and weighs 24.3 troy ounces. The lower portion (stem and base) is flash plated in 18k over the 14k. The cup is the lighter 14k. Makes a nice contrast for the cup.
Condition: Excellent condition - costing comparison indicates that chalice has only lost about 1.2 grams of weight since new. There is a period inscription under the base for the original presentation of the chalice - for the ordination and the first high mass.