Edinburgh, 1856, "Kings" Sterling Silver Cream Ladle
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This cream, or possibly toddy, ladle is fully marked for James McKay, Edinburgh,1859, and carries the Scottish thistle standard for sterling silver.
It measures 6" long, has a 1 3/4" diameter, 3/8" deep, round, flat-bottomed bowl, and weighs 1.3 T. oz.The pattern is a "Kings" design with an added crowned lion's head crest. The backside is plain save for the marks.
The condition is excellent. There is scant polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, dings, or burrs, showing only light surface scratches consistent with age. The finish is finely patinated.