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Antique Gorham silver E.P. hinged round box 1800's

$27.95

Wonderful antique hinged round lidded box open slotted sides made by Gorham silver soldered Electro Plate for Oakland, CA retail store, Capwell, Taft & Pennoyer Co. back in the late 1800's.

Markings on bottom are stamped, " Property of Capwell, Taft & Pennoyer C. GORHAM with anchor and E P silver soldered under it )13986, there is a 9 printed to the left, and a picture of a blimp or a fish looks like, on the right side. Has nice decorative 2 rows open slots in the middle of box, and scroll design edging at top. On the front in the middle, a circle of initals CTP . As handle is pulled down, lid opens. Handle has small dent near top. Very nice vintage patina.

3 1/2" diameter and 5 1/8" high to top of handle.

Henry Clay Taft owned the dry goods store Taft & Pennoyer at 14th & Clay in Oakland, which later became Capwell's. He was born in Rochester, New York and moved to California in1865. He originally settled in Petaluma, but in 1878 he moved his business and his family to Oakland. In 1880 he went into partnership with Albert Pennoyer and opened their eponymously named store, which had one of the first passenger elevators in Oakland. Taft wanted a store that would prevent people from taking boats across the Bay to San Francisco, so he stocked a vast array of merchandise.

Gorham goods at first the only variant production code was that for electroplating. From the time that process was initiated in 1863 its wares had a zero prefix with the production number. Plated wares were also stamped with anchor only. The word 'electroplated' was rarely used, various circumlocutions such as 'silver soldered' being used to avoid the 'E'-word

Nice collectible piece to hold match boxes, jewelry,coins, cuff links, bobby pins etc.

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 03 January, 2011.

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