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JE Caldwell Engine Turned Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle with Shell Bowl

JE Caldwell Engine Turned Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle with Shell Bowl
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An exceptionally fine period piece, this circa 1870, 6 3/4" long, solid weight at 1.8 T. oz., gravy ladle has Philadelphia origins.

It is marked "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for the retailer of note, and although the design could just as well be coin silver, "(925)" for sterling.

The style and quality of execution are consistent with work from this source and time. The "Pointed Antique" handle has an engine turned surface with additional engraving. This includes a shield shape reserve area that is monogrammed "MB" in feathered script.

The bowl is an elegant shell form that has a bright gold wash finish on the interior, and a bit of engraved detailing in the inside heel.

The backside is plain save for the marks.

It is in mint estate condition, evidencing scant signs of use, namely faint surface scratches. The bowl is free of dents, nicks, or burrs, and the piece overall exhibits a rich patina.

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