Good Fluted Coin Silver Sauce Ladle marked by John Rich
Offered is a good American coin silver cream or other serving ladle, made circa 1857-64 by Hotchkiss & Schreuder of Syracuse, NY (apparently this version of their marks was in use in that period, though the firm continued to 1871 as a partnership). This piece also bears a retailer's mark of JOHN RICH. Mr. Rich was an English immigrant and apprentice jeweler who opened the first jewelry store in Painesville, Ohio, in 1858. It appears his firm is still in the family and operating. This ladle measures about 6 1/8 inches in length, and weighs about 22 grams. This piece bears a good period engraved script name of Crosby for the original owner, and is also engraved, in similar period script, "Mother" to the reverse. Condition is very good with only light wear and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a nice serving piece in coin silver!