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ABOUT THE ITEM

This small, Gorham silver-plated fork is a souvenir fork from Omaha's Hotel Fontenelle. It bears the "HF" markings at the bottom of the fork, and the "FONTENELLE" engraving on the back. It also has a "GMCO EP, patent 1913" and crest featured on the back, identifying its maker as the Gorham Company (the EP stands for electro-plated). Three tined and in excellent shape, this fork could tell a lot of stories about its namesake and the celebrities that dined there.

Built in 1914, the hotel became a gathering spot for the rich and famous - including Willa Cather, and Presidents Truman and John F Kennedy. Architect Thomas Rogers Kimball built the hotel in late gothic style, and it boasted a $1,000,000 price tag in the early 1900's. The hotel's decor was extravagant - boasting chandeliers, marble, and mahogany. As Omaha city expansion grew westward, the hotel lost popularity and fell into disrepair before it was demolished in 1983.

Representing an era of elegance and glamour, of Kennedy and Cather, this souvenir fork carries fantastic nostalgia.

Antique Gorham Fork from Historic Hotel Fontenelle in Omaha, Nebraska (Reserved for Barb)


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