Gorham "Hindoo" Large Sterling Soup Ladle
There is lack of complete certainty on the name of this 1870's Gorham pattern classified in the Egyptian Revival mode, but it is generally and reliably identified as "Hindoo." It has a tubular stem and diamond prism handle end with banded borders. It is essentially Gorham's "Isis" without the winged snake figure. The bowl on this large, 13 1/2" long, heavy, 6.4 T. oz., soup ladle has a central vee made up of two flanking lobes with rounded shoulders. This is again the form that was used on "Isis" and several other Gorham patterns including notably "Raphael." The bowl is generously proportioned at 4 1/2" wide and 1 1/2" deep. It has a satin matte, gold washed finish with fine engraving that incorporates the same Eyptian Revival motifs that are engraved on the also satin matte finish diamond end of the handle. There is an inscription on two facets of the diamond handle that lends the piece provenance. It reads on one face, "R.W.C. Stanley," and on the next face, "from Guy Roosevelt Beardslee 1875." Beardslee, 1856-1939, and graduate of West Point, was a man of some note with substantial biographical material about him available on the internet. The family home, "Beardslee Castle," built by his father is still standing in Little Falls, New York, and currently operates as a restaurant. The piece is in mint condition, showing no signs of wear or damage. Marks are lion, anchor, G, and the word "Sterling."