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Gale & Willis Sterling Silver Engraved Gravy Ladle

Gale & Willis Sterling Silver Engraved Gravy Ladle
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One of the numerous partnerships that prominent silversmith William Gale of New York City entered into, "Gale & Willis" spanned the years 1859-62.

This example of his work is a 7 3/8" long, weighty at 2.0 T. oz., gravy ladle.

It has a twisted handle and broad, shaped, flat handle that is bright cut engraved with an engine turned background.

There is a shield reserve with an Old English "CPK" or "CPR" monogram inscribed on it.

The bowl is generously sized at 2 3/8" by 2" by 5/8" deep.

Gale adopted a sterling, rather than coin, silver standard well before most other makers, and that is the case with this, whose circa 1860 date would otherwise suggest coin. The reverse is stamped "925 Sterling," along with "Gale & Willis" on the otherwise plain backside.

It is in choice condition. The engraving and engine turning remain exceptionally crisp and well-defined. The finish is bright, and the bowl is free of dents, nicks, or burrs, showing only light surface scratches consistent with age.

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