Gorham Figural "Lady Washington" Sterling Shell Bowl Gravy Ladle
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Relatively large, this gravy ladle measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.9 T. oz. It has a shell-shaped bowl that is 2 3/8" wide 2 1/8" front to back, and 5/8" deep.
The pattern is "Lady Washington" by Gorham. Dating from the 1870s, it is relatively early in the stable of the company's full line flatware designs.
It features an elegant and refined looking central female bust in profile. This is surrounded by swags, drapery, and trailing garlands of ivy vines and leaves. This is all set against a stippled background.
There is a script "JFM" engraved on the backside.
A low relief design, the pattern is subject to polishing wear, and this has essentially none of that. The bowl is flawless, free of dents, nicks, or burrs. The finish has a warm patina.
Marks are lion, anchor, G, Sterling, and "Patent 1876."