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Very Rare Coin Silver Claret Ladle by Wood & Hughes, Circa 1845-75

Very Rare Coin Silver Claret Ladle by Wood & Hughes, Circa 1845-75
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Offered is a very scarce American coin silver claret ladle by the well-known firm of Wood & Hughes; this piece appears to date to the firm's coin silver period, between about 1845 and 1875. This piece measures about 9 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 25 grams. It is marked with the firm's maker's mark on the flat section in the middle of the handle. The bowl of the ladle is pierced, and the purpose for this was to allow the user to pick up the fruit in a wine or claret punch, without taking too much liquid. Likewise, the tines on the other end could be used to spear pieces of fruit to put on a plate or in the punch glass. Traces of gilding remain on the ladle bowl and the tines. The piercing of the ladle bowl is well done and in good condition. Condition overall is good, with signs of normal use consistent with the age of the piece, but with no splits or repairs. All in all fine piece for the holidays or at any time of year!

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