Randahl Arts & Crafts Sterling Ladle 189 with Applied Floral Design
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Dating from c. 1930 and echoing (or perhaps seeking to compete with) the Danish Modern look of Georg Jensen, this 5 3/4" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz., ladle was made by Chicago's J.O. Randahl, whose name appears on the backside. Other marks are "Hand Wrought," "Sterling," and the number "189."
The handle has an irregularly shaped margin on the terminus. This frames a three dimensional, decorative floral (perhaps fuchsia) element. The plainness of the lower portion of the handle is broken by two sets of double horizontal lines that carry around the sides of the shank.
The bowl is relatively shallow, and set at a gentle angle to the handle, lending it a spoon-like quality. The interior has a smooth finish, while the backside retains hand hammered planishing marks.
It is without a monogram or inscription and in very fine condition. There is no damage or evidence of wear other than light surface scratches consistent with normal usage. The finish is lustrous.