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Very Good Scottish Provincial? Silver and Baleen Toddy Ladle, 15", 50g

Very Good Scottish Provincial? Silver and Baleen Toddy Ladle, 15", 50g
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Offered is a lovely sterling silver and baleen toddy ladle, measuring a full fifteen inches in length and weighing a good fifty grams. This piece is quite long for the period in which it was made, probably between 1780 and 1850. There are no hallmarks or maker's marks evident on the piece, but there is a period script monogram of HM. The monogram is in simple script and not feathered - typical of Scottish pieces. Given that it is not hallmarked, it could be either Scottish provincial, or just perhaps, American. It also could have been made somewhere else in the British Empire, such as the Caribbean. Scottish provincial is perhaps the most likely origin. In any event, this piece is in very good condition overall, with no damage and only modest wear to the baleen handle, no dents or dings to the silver cap at the end of the handle (unusual, as these are typically dented or missing), and only one small ding in the bowl, which is not very noticeable. The handle and bowl are firmly joined though as would be expected there is just the slightest movement due to shrinkage of the baleen. There have been no splits or repairs to the handle or where it joins the bowl. This piece could be used for serving all day long. All in all a lovely and highly decorative piece!

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