SSMC (Saart) "Simplicity" Sterling Silver Bouillon Ladle
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Uncommon forms, bouillon ladles are typically larger than gravy but noticeably smaller than soups. They also have double spouts in the manner of punch ladles, which they could double for in some instances.
All of this is reflected in this example made by the Sterling Silver Manufacturing Company (later Saart) of Providence, Rhode Island.
It measures 7 1/2" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz. The flanged rim bowl is 3 1/4" wide, 2 1/8" front to back, and 1" deep. It has a frosted matte gold finish on the ribbed interior, and has the requisite side spouts with graceful, down-turned lips.
The pattern is "Simplicity," which dates from 1910. A product of the Colonial Revival movement of the period, it reflects, as befits its name, clean, uncluttered design in the manner of such well-known contemporaneous patterns as Durgin's "Fairfax," Gorham's "Plymouth," and Towle's "Mary Chilton."
It is without a monogram or removal and in choice condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is brilliant. The bowl is without dents, burrs, or nicks, and the gold is completely intact. There is one nearly imperceptible pinprick ding in the base.
Marks are "SSMC" in squares, and "Sterling."