When the price of silver plummeted following the discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859, silver became a popular medium for the whimsical specialty items adored by members of America’s Gilded Age elite. Also, the economic boom following the Civil War saw the creation of the modern industrial economy, and with it, an increased income for many in America. This new class of wealthy Americans wanted to display their prosperity in the most conspicuous manner possible, and manufacturers of luxury goods like Gorham Manufacturing Company of Providence, Rhode Island, were more than happy to meet the increased demand for high-end items. Among the many waysRead More →