Circa 1860 Twist Handle Philadelphia Coin Soup Ladle
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This 11 1/2" long, just under 4.2 T. oz., soup ladle incorporates several particularly appealing elements favored in mid 19th century American silver originating in sophisticated urban centers. In that regard, while marked only "Coin," the style of this piece rather conclusively suggests a Philadelphia source such as James Watts or one of his contemporaries.
It has a robust, twisted shank with a broad, scalloped edge, terminal. This is artfully engraved and bright cut in a period design that is complemented with a handsome, feathered script "GM" monogram. This is curved upward, showing resultant horizontal ridges across the points on the scalloping on the smooth backside.
The bowl is a statement in itself. Nearly round, it measures 3 1/4" by 3 1/2" and 1 1/2" at the deepest. Bowl-like, it is a scallop shell form and is finished in a bright gold wash on the interior.
The piece is in mint estate condition. There is no visible wear. The engraving remains crisp. The bowl is free dents, nicks, or burrs. The finish is lustrous.