Gorham "Bust" Coin Silver Cream or Sauce Ladle
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Dating c. 1860, "Bust" is one of those patterns that helped created what might be called Gorham's first golden age of design.
The defining feature of the line is a cast, in most instances female, "bust" that surmounts the slender, square handle.
A product of the Classical Revival movement of the period, the figure sits atop a pedestal base, much as she might be presented in a museum or salon, or in a wall niche in an athenaeum.
This piece is a 5 7/8" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz., coin silver cream or sauce ladle. The helmet-shaped bowl is generously proportioned, measuring 2" by 1 1/4" by 3/8" at the deepest, and has a deep gold finished interior.
There is small, Old English script, "M.D.W." monogram set sideways on the handle, just below the bust, and Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem on the reverse of this.
The piece is in mint estate condition. The figure retains clear detail. The bowl is free of dents, burrs, or nicks. The overall finish is bright and even.