Chinese Export "Shell & Thread" Silver Mustard Ladle
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This mustard spoon measures 3 5/8" long and weighs a relatively robust .6 T. oz. It is a Chinese export piece dating late 19th to early 20th centuries, with four pseudo hallmarks somewhat clumsily imitative of English counterparts. The maker is not identified. As a category, Export silver was made in silver, but to varying standards, so that detail is also unknown.
The design is a "Shell and Thread" with a double lined border. It repeats on the backside of the handle, and has a shell detail on the heel of the bowl.
The condition is very good. There is surface wear consistent with age but no other signs of wear. The overall finish is a butler's gray save for the shell ends which have polished surfaces that extend in a vee below the shells.