Old Plate, Its Makers & Marks

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Gorham Manufacturing Company, 1903 - Hallmarks - 327 pages

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Page 35 - To the end the body of the commons may be preserved of honest and good men, it was ordered and agreed, that, for the time to come, no man shall be admitted to the freedom of this body politic, but such as are members of some of the churches within the limits of the same.
Page 115 - t was a pleasant thought to bring its symbol here. T is but the fool that loves excess ; hast thou a drunken soul ? Thy bane is in thy shallow skull, not in my silver bowl! I love the memory of the past, — its pressed yet fragrant flowers, — The moss that clothes its broken walls, the ivy on its towers ; Nay, this poor bauble it bequeathed, — my eyes grow moist and dim, To think of all the vanished joys that danced around its brim. Then fill a fair and honest cup, and bear it straight to me...
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Page 117 - in Bishopsgate street, in Queen's Head alley, at a Frenchman's house, is an excellent West India drink, called chocolate, to be sold, where you may have it ready at any time ; and also unmade, at reasonable rates.
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Page 87 - The laudable use of forks, Brought into custom here, as they are in Italy, To the sparing of napkins: that, that should have made Your bellows go at the forge, as his at the furnace.
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Page 86 - I myself thought good to imitate the Italian fashion by this forked cutting of meate, not only while I was in Italy, but also in Germany, and oftentimes in England since I came home...
Page 86 - For while with their knife, which they hold in one hand, they cut the meate out of the dish, they fasten their forke, which they hold in their other hand, upon the...
Page 29 - ... by the wardens of the craft ; and further, that it be marked with the leopard's head ; and that they work no worse gold than of the touch of Paris.

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