Guilloche: An ornamental border composed of two or more bands or ribbons twisted one over the other.
Gilding: The process of covering the surface silver with a thin layer of gold.
German Silver: A white alloy of nickel, copper and zinc. The same as nickel
silver. Originated in Germany in the 19th century. Has no silver content.
Gauge: The measure of thickness of sheet metal or the measure of diameter of wire.
Gallery: A raised vertical rim around an article, such as a wine coaster or tray, decorated
Gadroon: An ornamental border consisting of continuing narrow, panels
either vertical or slanting.
Gold Wash: Items that have a very thin electroplating of gold. Often wears away quickly because it is so thin.
Goldsmith: The term applied without distinction to a craftsman who works in gold or silver.
Gold Electroplate: Articles made of a non-precious metal onto which pure gold is deposited by the process of
Grotesque: A type of ornamentation using fantastic or monstrous human or
Greek Key: A style of classic ornamental decoration in the shape of
Goblet: A drinking vessel with a stem and a foot, and without a handle.
Gravy Boat / Sauce Boat: An elongated pitcher for serving gravy or sauces. Shown in the
photo with a matching underplate.
Graver: The tool used to engrave silver.
Glove Darner: A sewing tool used to mend gloves.
Griffin: From classical mythology, a creature having the head and wings
of an eagle and the body of a lion.
Gorget: Originally a piece of armor worn to protect the throat against swords and
other weapons. By the 18th century the gorget had become primarily ornamental,
used as an accessory to military uniforms.
Green Gold: An alloy of gold and silver.
Guild: An association of people belonging to a particular craft or trade.