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Whiting "Ivy Leaf" No. 39 Sterling Silver Open Work Cream Ladle

Whiting "Ivy Leaf" No. 39 Sterling Silver Open Work Cream Ladle
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The naturalistic "Ivy" motif of this c. 1870, 7 7/8" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle is to be distinguished from Whiting's line pattern of the same name.

The latter was a die struck design originated by Henry Hebbard, while this is a labor intensive, built up, piece made from cast leaves joined to a wire stem that in turn is wrapped with smaller wires made to resemble tendrils. The entire shank and leaves have a matte gold finish.

It is model number "39" according to the identifier stamped on the underside of the bowl. Other marks are Whiting's lion logo and the word "Sterling."

The central stem splits into three parts where it attaches to the highly refined bowl, which has double spouts and is also finished in a matte gold wash back and front sides.

It is in mint, possibly unused, condition. The tacking on the backside of one of the wires has come unattached (this is not structural and is essentially not visible) and apart from that, there is not a sign of wear or damage.

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