Gorham Ivy Sterling Sauce Ladle
Ivy, sometimes referred to as Egyptian Ivy, is an early pattern among Gorham's full line designs. This example is a 6 1/2" long sauce or small gravy ladle. It has a helmet-shaped, gold washed bowl with flanged edges and a slightly tipped end. The backside is engraved "CMRB" in a feathered script under which is the date "1869." Other marks include the Gorham lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," "Patent 1868," and the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's "J.E. Caldwell & Co." The piece is in outstanding condition. There is no polishing wear, and the bowl is free of dents or dings and retains all of its gold wash. There is slight burring on the flange of the bowl. This is more to be felt than seen.