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Gaylord Silvercraft "Hand Wrought" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle

Gaylord Silvercraft "Hand Wrought" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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The story of Gaylord Silvercraft, c. 1920-45, links to famed American Arts & Crafts silversmith William Waldo Dodge, and more particularly his wife and teacher, Margaret Wheeler Robinson.

The workshop was founded at the Wallingford, Connecticut, Gaylord Farm (tuberculosis) Sanatorium and served as part of the occupational therapy and vocational training program available to patients. Considerable information can be pieced together about this operation from online and published sources.

The remarkable aspect of the enterprise is that under the oversight of skilled smiths, otherwise untrained artisans were able to produce a significant array of well-crafted, hand made flat and hollow ware along with jewelry items, of which this 6 5/8" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., gravy ladle is an outstanding example.

Of particular appeal is the chiseled-looking top surface of the surface of the gracefully shaped handle with a vaguely trefid form end.

The bowl is generously proportioned at 2 1/4" in diameter and 3/4" deep.

Never monogrammed and in superb condition, it has a brilliant finish and is free of bends, dents, or polishing wear. The only signs of use are slight surface flecking, largely in the bowl interior.

Marks are "Sterling," "Hand Wrought," and the Gaylord "winged hammer" emblem.

Note: other pieces of Gaylord are available.

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