Gorham "Ivy" Sterling Silver Bucket Style Cream Ladle
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Classified as an Egyptian Revival design in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as an emblematic design in the company stable of the period.
This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., cream ladle. It is commonly referred to as a "bucket" ladle referencing the shape of the 1 1/2" top diameter, 1" deep, dipping or serving end, which in this case has a bright gold finish.
The stem is semi-tubular, with a half-round front and flat backside. The ivy and berry portraiture which defines the pattern is set against a stippled background. The reverse of the handle is plain save for a script "ES" monogram and the marks which are Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling."
It is in very good condition. Pattern detail remains clear and well-defined. The bowl is well shaped with some very slight surface dings around the lower edge, and some loss of the gold wash. The finish is bright and even.