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Whiting "Old King" Sterling Silver Fancy Bowl Gravy Ladle

Whiting "Old King" Sterling Silver Fancy Bowl Gravy Ladle
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Otherwise a faithful interpretation of a traditional English design, Whiting's late 19th century "New King" is more precisely a "Queens" pattern, with a convex shell and a flower head and honeysuckle or rosette on the handle front.

American manufacturers generally failed to distinguish between these two kindred motifs, choosing instead to treat the decorative details as interchangeable.

This example is a 7 3/8" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., gravy ladle.

It has a generously proportioned, scalloped edge with grooved shoulders, shell back bowl that measures 2 5/8" by 2 1/8" by 3/4" deep.

The handle is engraved with a handsome, leaf script, "C" monogram.

In very fine condition, this shows scant wear and has a bright finish. The bowl is without dents, bends, or breaks, evidencing only light surface scratches and one pinprick dimple in the base.

Marks are Whiting's "lion" logo, "Sterling," and the number "9."

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