Because Gorham’s intentions were to manufacture multiple versions and examples of its designs, but, there was also a high demand from customers who wanted unique objects.
Since 1821, the uncrowned leopard’s head has remained as the distinguishing mark of London.
Used from the inception of the Sheffield Assay Office in 1773 , the Crown was the town mark of Sheffield.
Let’s dive further into the Gorham sterling silver identification over the years…
Being able to identify a piece of sterling silver, whether it is a silver plate mark or a tea set, as a Gorham piece is fairly simple thanks to the consistent silver markings that were used during the manufacturing of the pieces.
For two years it was crowned, but has been struck ever since in its present form by all English Assay Offices.