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I have two silver(?) overlay whiskey bottles. They have Gorham marks (lion, anchor, letter) on both. Above the marks are the letters H K P on one and H K Q on the other. They are not marked sterling or have a silver content number. One shows corn the other barley or wheat. Glass is ordinary. My question is are they real Gorham or fakes and are they silver? Thank you


The pictures have disappeared for some reason but I'll try to answer anyway. Here's a page that describes Gorham's sterling marks: . And, here is a page with Gorham's silver plate marks: .

The lion would lead me toward sterling but the absence of the word does raise a doubt. As you can see, some earlier marks did not have "sterling" on them. Maybe that's what you have. The letter should be a "G". If it's not, the piece may not be Gorham because other companies have used the lion and/or anchor in their marks.

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