In 2006, Gorham celebrated its 175th birthday. To commemorate this special occasion, their artists created a special sterling and crystal bell, complete with a scalloped crystal body and a sterling handle, inspired by the famous Chantilly sterling pattern. Chantilly is one of the most popular flatware patterns in sterling history, and was designed by William Christmas Codman (1839 - 1921) for Gorham Silver in 1895. The very special collector’s bell we feature here was done to commemorate both Gorham and the Chantilly pattern. The inscription on the front of the bell handle reads, “1831-2006.” The back of the handle reads “Gorham Sterling.” For a limited time (and while supplies last), we offer this heirloom quality collector’s bell. Gorham’s Chantilly has been the service of choice on the U.S. Presidential jet, Air Force One.
Chantilly's graceful border, plain center, and fleur-de-lis tip are inspired by the “Rococo” design style of the 18th century French "Regency" period. During the reign of King Louis XV, the French court had a strong appreciation for the humanities, particularly art. Rococo was derived from the latter part of the Baroque period and featured elaborate designs involving scrolls and curves which imitated swirls, shells and leaves. The presence of the Rococo style could be seen in rooms, paintings, furniture, clothes and dinnerware of the time. The period featured a pleasing contrast of ornate decoration and understated grace. Chantilly’s wonderful design, paired with Gorham’s unwavering quality craftsmanship, has made this pattern a best seller for over 100 years. Replacements, Ltd. carries original pieces featuring the “ lion/anchor/G” backstamp as well as pieces with the “ Gorham” backstamp. We also have a great selection of hollowware and monogrammed pieces in this pattern as well. Do not miss this unique opportunity to acquire Gorham’s 175th Anniversary Sterling and Crystal Chantilly Bell.