Old English Soup Ladle by Hester Bateman, London, 1783
Sterling silver soup ladle by the most famous woman silversmith of all time -- Hester Bateman. It has a period script monogram (we think it is a "T") and measures 12 1/8 inches long. There are some minor bruises on one side of the bowl; this really does not detract from the piece but is mentioned just for completeness of description. More photos are available and can be emailed on request.