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Henry Hebbard (Whiting) "Mask" Coin Silver Mustard Ladle

Henry Hebbard (Whiting) "Mask" Coin Silver Mustard Ladle
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A pattern developed by New York City's Henry Hebbard, "Mask" eventually became a standard line offered by Whiting.

This 5 1/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., mustard ladle is an early production piece marked "H.H." for Hebbard, "Patent 1859," "5," and with the name of the retailer, New York's "A. Rumrill & Co."

A period piece with gadroon and leaf detailing similar to "Armor" by Hebbard's sometimes partner John Polhamus, and another kindred pattern by contemporaneous John Wendt, Hebbard's "Mask," apropos of the name and quite imaginatively, incorporates a design element in the central portion of the handle that is an optical illusion that transforms from a leaf cluster into a face.

Never monogrammed, this is in superb condition. Without wear, it shows a warm patina. The bowl retains most of its original gold wash, front and back sides, and is free of dents, nicks, or pinpricks.

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