English Georgian Sterling Silver & Baleen Toddy Ladle
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This English toddy ladle measures a full 15" long and has an oval, nearly flat-bottomed, bowl that is 3 1/2" by 2 1/2" by 3/4" deep. The marks are rubbed but clear enough to identify them as standing for T. Poynton, Sheffield, 1811.
The bowl and lower section of the handle are sterling silver, while the upper section of the handle is baleen, which is a natural product taken from whales. The bowl has an applied, gadrooned rim, and a fancy, feathered script "WAT" inscribed on the underside. A section of the sterling end of the handle is flat and has applied gadrooned detailing that matches that on the bowl. There is a lined and scalloped band around the baleen at the point where it changes from square to twisted, while there is a knurled sterling finial at the tip.
The condition is very good. There are minor points of wear, including an inconsequential split on the handle where the baleen is set in the silver, and a slight imprint on the interior of the bowl at the handle join, but on balance signs of use are minimal. The finish is lustrous.