Albert Coles Engraved Coin Silver Oyster Ladle
Measuring 11" long and weighing 4.3 T. oz., this size coin silver ladle is often described as an oyster versus a soup, which is generally longer and can run to 14". It is stamped on the reverse with the three part mark of New York's Albert Coles and is an especially fine example of his work and mid 19th century American silver crafting in general. The shank is a solid square tube with faceted edges. The upper end of the handle is broad and flat with shaped margins and a "fan" top. This is extensively engraved in a delicate design with elements of bright cutting. The engraving repeats on the backside and into the gold washed, scalloped rimmed bowl with interior ribbing. There is no monogram or removal. The condition is superb. The form is flawless and the finish naturally patinated. The engraving remains crisp and clear. There is some loss of the gold wash on the bowl, and some surface scratching on the backside of the piece, otherwise there are no signs of use.