George Sharp c. 1870 Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
While unnamed, this c. 1870 design by George Sharp is quite similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV" and Knowles' "Emperor," both of the same period. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the piece. This example is a 6 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz. sauce ladle. The handle is slender and elongated looking, and is joined to a 2" diameter, round shell bowl with a scalloped rim and a flat bottom. This is finished on both sides with a bright gold wash that extends up to the lower of two rosettes that appear on the handle. There is an non monogrammed shield reserve on the front of the handle. It is in mint condition. There is no wear whatsoever and the finish is brilliant. The backside is marked with the Sharp lions flanking an "S" emblem, and the words "Sterling" and "Patent."