Very Rare Matched Pair of Gravy Ladles by Lewis & Smith Circa 1805-11
Offered is a fine and rare pair of early American coin silver gravy or sauce ladles by the celebrated Philadelphia partnership of Lewis & Smith. Harvey Lewis and Joseph D. Smith worked in partnership from about 1805 to 1811, and produced some of the most finely executed and beautifully engraved silver of their era. Many examples of their excellent holloware and flatware are extant in public collections. This lovely and well-made pair of ladles measures about 7 1/4 inches in length on average, and the pair weigh 126 grams altogether. Each ladle bears a period engraved script owner's monogram of HMF. Note that I have separately listed a pair of sugar tongs by the same makers, with the same monogram, which came with the ladles. Condition on these ladles is very good, with modest surface wear overall; one ladle has a little spotting from corrosion in the bowl, which is not particularly notable but should be mentioned. There are no major dents and no splits or repairs. All in all a fine and useful matched pair of American silver ladles dating back over two centuries!