Notes on collections at the RIHS
The RIHS has a small but lovely collection of Gorham Manufacturing Company catalogs from the last quarter of the nineteenth century, and a complementary collection of objects in the Museum.
Some of these items are on display the John Brown House Museum in the Washington Wallpaper Room, where there will be featured as part of Saturday’s Gorham Manufacturing Walking Tour: Beyond Flatware.
We’ll be honest: there will be some flatware on display in the case, from a set of the Medici pattern shown here in the 1883 catalog. The tour will also highlight the Captain’s Table Service created by Gorham for the U.S.S. Rhode Island before moving on to explore a landmark Providence building with Gorham produced doors and the site of the original Gorham plant, all within a short distance. The tour will finish at the RISD Museum in the Making it in America exhibition which features a number of spectacular Gorham pieces, including the Lady’s Writing Table and Chair created for the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.