14 1/4" Coin Ladle William Mannerback Reading PA c.1820
This large ladle, well wrought by the most prominent silversmith of Reading, Pennslvania, is at first sight startling in its elegance. The long neck and thin fiddle terminal, graced by a finely engraved script monogram, make it an exceptional piece for the period when forms often were clumsy. The overall balance of design is remarkable. It dates to about 1820.
Mannerback, who was born on August 4, 1762, learned the jewelry trade which he carried on for more than 50 years. For many years after 1800 he ran the only jewelry store in Reading. Active in the local Masonic lodge #62, he was recognized there "for his sociable nature and genial disposition." He died on July 15, 1838.
The ladle is 14 ¼ inches long and weighs 4.96 troy ounces. The mark, well struck in a rectangle, is the more desirable full name version which is mark "a" on page 286 of Marks of American Silversmiths in the Ineson-Bissell Collection by Louise Conway Belden, the bible of books on American coin silver, based on the collection at Wnterthur. There is a good drop on the back of the bowl. It has a nice, solid feel in the hand.
Condition is very good with some minor light scratches from almost two centuries of use.
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