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James Butler, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Bouillon Ladle

James Butler, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Bouillon Ladle
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This c. 1865, coin silver ladle is unusual and appealing on multiple counts.

First it measures 8 3/8" long, which is substantially larger than a gravy and markedly smaller than a soup or oyster, and was likely intended for serving bouillon. It weighs 1.6 T. oz.

Additionally, it was made by a well-known Philadelphia silversmith, James Butler. His "animal head over shield" emblem (often confused with a similar manufacturer's mark by James Watts) appears on the backside, along with the word "Coin" and the name of the retailer, "T. D. Bradley."

Finally, the design is elegant. The flat handle has a shaped margin, with a rounded tip. This is all engraved in a period design that includes anthemia, diamond cutting, and wriggle work.

The deep, helmet shaped bowl has broad, scalloped flanges finished with wriggle work, and a pointed tip.

The backside is plain save for the marks.

It is without a monogram or removal, and in superb estate condition. Free of polishing wear, the engraving remains crisp and the finish is bright. The bowl is free of dents, nicks, or burrs.

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