Gorham "Olive" Mid 19th Century Coin Silver Sauce Ladle
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A standard pattern with slight variations from maker to maker, "Olive" was a stand out design in the mid 19th century. Gorham produced its own variant in 1865 and took it further afield from than other makers of the period. It is built around a central, double lined, oval, engraved "Nellie" in this case, with leafy elements top and bottom of this, and a beaded drop at the very bottom.
This example is a 5 3/4" long, relatively heavy 1.5 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle. It is stamped with the "lion, anchor, G" mark and the words "Gorham & Co." on the backside of the gracefully arched handle. This later identifier was used for only a limited amount of time thus instances of it are relatively scarce.
The condition is excellent. Overall form and finish are flawless. There is light polishing wear and surface scratches consistent with normal use on the bowl.