Towle "Georgian" Sterling Silver Soup Ladle, Old and Heavy
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A full-size soup ladle, this piece measures 13" long and weighs a massive 7.7 T. oz. The generously-proportioned bowl reinforces the overall sense of scale, at 4" in diameter and 1" at the deepest.
The pattern is Towle's courtly "Georgian." It resembles a Corinthian style column surmounted by a basket of roses and draped with a garland of roses. A third rose detail is set midway up the handle. The reverse adds shell and acanthus leaf components in addition to the roses, all of which rounds out the English Georgian period iconography of the pattern.
The bowl has a flange rim, with leaf and floral detailing on the shoulders. The reverse heel is imprinted with a basket of flowers and a garland that repeats the imagery on the handle front.
The backside of the handle is engraved with a flowing script "RW" monogram.
It is in excellent condition. Polishing wear is nil, leaving crisp, sharply defined pattern elements. The bowl is without dents or burrs, although there are surface scratches and slight pinprick flecks, and the flange rim is just off smooth, all of which is consistent with normal use.
Marks are the Towle standing lion emblem, "925/1000," "Sterling," "Pat. 1898.," and the name of the retailer, "Frank Herschede" of Cincinnati, Ohio.