GORHAM CORPORATION: YEARS MARKS
LETTERS AND SYMBOLS

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When Gorham adopted the sterling standard in 1868, they began a system of year-marks which were stamped into their products to denote the year in which they were made. Starting with A for 1868, letters of the alphabet were used until 1884 (Q). From 1885 until 1933 a different symbol was used each year.
This dating system was sometimes used also for silver plate items.

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YEAR 1868 1869 1870 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877
LETTER Gorham year mark: 1868 Gorham year mark: 1869 Gorham year mark: 1870 Gorham year mark: 1871 Gorham year mark: 1872 Gorham year mark: 1873 Gorham year mark: 1874 Gorham year mark: 1875 Gorham year mark: 1876 Gorham year mark: 1877
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YEAR 1878 1879 1880 1881 1882 1883 1884
LETTER Gorham year mark: 1878 Gorham year mark: 1879 Gorham year mark: 1880 Gorham year mark: 1881 Gorham year mark: 1882 Gorham year mark: 1883 Gorham year mark: 1884




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YEAR 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894
SYMBOL Gorham year mark: 1885 Gorham year mark: 1886 Gorham year mark: 1887 Gorham year mark: 1888 Gorham year mark: 1889 Gorham year mark: 1890 Gorham year mark: 1891 Gorham year mark: 1892 Gorham year mark: 1893 Gorham year mark: 1894
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YEAR 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904
SYMBOL Gorham year mark: 1895 Gorham year mark: 1896 Gorham year mark: 1897 Gorham year mark: 1898 Gorham year mark: 1899 Gorham year mark: 1900 Gorham year mark: 1901 Gorham year mark: 1902 Gorham year mark: 1903 Gorham year mark: 1904
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YEAR 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914
SYMBOL Gorham year mark: 1905 Gorham year mark: 1906 Gorham year mark: 1907 Gorham year mark: 1908 Gorham year mark: 1909 Gorham year mark: 1910 Gorham year mark: 1911 Gorham year mark: 1912 Gorham year mark: 1913 Gorham year mark: 1914




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YEAR 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923 1924
SYMBOL Gorham year mark: 1915 Gorham year mark: 1916 Gorham year mark: 1917 Gorham year mark: 1918 Gorham year mark: 1919 Gorham year mark: 1920 Gorham year mark: 1921 Gorham year mark: 1922 Gorham year mark: 1923 Gorham year mark: 1924
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YEAR 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933
SYMBOL Gorham year mark: 1925 Gorham year mark: 1926 Gorham year mark: 1927 Gorham year mark: 1928 Gorham year mark: 1929 Gorham year mark: 1930 Gorham year mark: 1931 Gorham year mark: 1932 Gorham year mark: 1933 Gorham year mark: 194




date 1870 (see note 1)

The use of the year mark was suspended until 1941, at which time Gorham silver adopted a system of marking their " important pieces" with polygonal figures sorrounding a numeral. The number of the sides indicated the decade of manufacture, the numeral, the year. 1950, 1960 and 1970 dates had no numeral.

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YEAR 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
SYMBOL Gorham year mark: 1941 Gorham year mark: 1942 Gorham year mark: 1943 Gorham year mark: 1955 Gorham year mark: 1945 Gorham year mark: 1946 Gorham year mark: 1947 Gorham year mark: 1948 Gorham year mark: 1949




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YEAR 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
SYMBOL Gorham year mark: 1950 Gorham year mark: 1951 Gorham year mark: 1952 Gorham year mark: 1953 Gorham year mark: 1954 Gorham year mark: 1955 Gorham year mark: 1956 Gorham year mark: 1957 Gorham year mark: 1958 Gorham year mark: 1959
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YEAR 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
SYMBOL Gorham year mark: 1960 Gorham year mark: 1961 Gorham year mark: 1962 Gorham year mark: 1963 Gorham year mark: 1964 Gorham year mark: 1965 Gorham year mark: 1966 Gorham year mark: 1967 Gorham year mark: 1968 Gorham year mark: 1969

date 1970 (see note 2)
date 1972 (see note 3)
date 1985 (see note 4)

NOTES


note 1: a 1870 fruit stand presents a combined letter/symbol mark (letter "C" and symbol "heart"). "Heart" mark is unknown to Dorothy T. Rainwater "Encyclopaedia of American Silver Manufacturers"
note 2: a seven sides polygon was used for 1970 date
note 3: a seven sides polygon surrounding "2" was used for 1972 date
note 4: a eight sides polygon surrounding "5" was used for 1985 date

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