Superb Gorham "Rosette" Large Sterling Silver Soup Ladle
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One of Gorham's earliest patterns, dating from the 1860s, "Rosette" takes its name from the design element situated in the center of the handle. It also has an anthemion with scrolled supports located at the end of the lined-border handle, placing it clearly in the Greek Revival style.
Elegant in its simplicity, the pattern shows spectacularly so at the scale of this 12 1/2" long, heavy at 6.2 T. oz., soup ladle.
The bowl is large, 3 3/4" across and 1 1/2" deep. It has a central vee in the bottom, leading to a pointed lip, and flange and notched shoulders. The inside has a bright, orange gold finish.
There is a fancy, feathered script "MFW" over "1874" monogram set sideways on the handle.
It is in exceptionally fine, essentially mint estate, condition. There is no visible wear and the finish is brilliant, with a rich patina. The bowl is free of dents, nicks, scratches or burrs.
Marks are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Pat. 1868," and the name of the retailer, "J. Bachman & Sons," New York City.