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 with
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 animal
Greek Key: A style of classic ornamental decoration in the shape of interlocking L’s.
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.
Green Gold: An alloy of gold and silver.
Guild: An association of people belonging to a particular craft or trade.
Graver: The tool used to engrave silver.
Grain: A measurement of troy weight equal to 1/24th of a pennyweight.
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.