Description - Private collection shown for educational and future reference only.
Original and Authentic, Personally Owned by The Great Surrealist Artist, Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) Gorham Sterling Silver Vesta with original matches 1930s.
This is a commission piece hand made especially for Salvador Dalí. The outer vesta case has the Monogram S.D. for Salvador Dalí's initials and has the hallmark of the maker Gorham Manufacturing Company Circ 1930, stamped with the Lion Passat, Anchor and the Old English E with the Word STERLING, also stamped is the number mark 5130. The inside match case is also hand made including the matches and is marked Made in Italy US Patent No 169.895. I can imagine this was tailor made to fit this specific vesta case as Gorham is known to make Tailor made one-of-a-kind pieces on commission for major world figures. The exact size of the outer case is 4.4cm long x 2.9cm wide x 1.3cm depth. Condition is excellent all in original state and in tact. Acquired from a personal friend to Dalí
A little about Gorham Silver
The origin of Gorham are in 1831 when the firm of Jabez Gorham was joined by Henry L. Webster in the Gorham & Webster. In its history the firm assumed these names: Gorham & Webster (1831-1837), Gorham webster & Price (1837-1841), J. Gorham & Son (1841-1850), Gorham & Thurber (1850-1852), Gorham & Company (1852-1865), Gorham Mfg. Company (1865-1961), Gorham Corp. (from 1961).
The company moved into a new headquarters in Providence, RI in 1890 as employment surpassed 500, and in 1905 they opened a retail outlet on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Throughout the latter half of the 19th century and into the 20th, Gorham attracted some of the best designers and silver artisans in the world.
Their rapidly expanding business of doing one-of-a-kind pieces on commission for major world figures and events expanded their profile and introduced Gorham to an international clientele. Gorham continues to operate today reflecting the principles of its founders, and it signifies the best in American silverwork comparable to the best of Europe and the far east. Today, Gorham is perhaps best known for its silverware which it produces in hundreds of well known pattens including Chantilly (the best selling flatware pattern in the world), Strasbourg, Melrose, Fairfax, and Buttercup. Source with grateful thanks http://www.silvercollection.it/gorham.html.