J.E. Caldwell "Kings" Sterling Silver Flat Bottom Gravy Ladle
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This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., ladle is unusual in that the 2 1/4" round bowl has a flat bottom with nearly straight sidewalls, rather than the typical curved or inverted dome interior.
It is marked "J.E. Caldwell" for Philadelphia's carriage trade firm, along with the word "Sterling."
The pattern is a "Kings," "English Kings," in a form that was standard to Caldwell. It conforms to all the conventions of this British inspired design. It has a convex shell on the front and a concave one on the back.
There is a script "J[orI]EW" monogram.
It is in excellent condition. Free of evident polishing wear, it retaining clear pattern detail, and has a bright, warm, finish. The bowl remains well-shaped and free of dents, although it does have scratches and fine nicks on the interior.