Gorham "Josephine" Coin Silver Oyster Ladle
This silver ladle, marked "Pure Coin," measures 11" long and weighs a hefty 4.5 T. oz. It is somewhat smaller than a full-size soup ladle and is likely an oyster ladle. The pattern is Gorham's leaf motif "Josephine." An early line pattern, Josephine was patented in 1855 and proved popular enough that it continued in production past the 1868 date when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. This is an outstanding example, with a perfectly-shaped bowl that is free of bends or dents, and having an overall fine finish. The backside of the handle is engraved "Bayley." in Old English lettering. In addition to the "Pure Coin" stamp, there is a star, which is probably a journeyman's mark, and the name of the retailer, Boston's "S.T. Crosby."