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Philo Gilbert "Medallion" Coin Silver Gravy or Bouillon Ladle

Philo Gilbert "Medallion" Coin Silver Gravy or Bouillon Ladle
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A New York City silversmith who worked from the 1830s until his bankruptcy in 1868, Philo B. Gilbert's dies passed on to John C. Cook and George Shiebler, so his work shows up with a variety of marks.

This 8" long, 1.8 T. oz., coin silver ladle bear only his "lion and leopard head" pseudo hallmark, "Patent 1867," and Gilbert's initials "PBG."

The pattern is a "Medallion" and one with which Gilbert is strongly identified. The classical portraiture is a clean representation of a young warrior.

The bowl is helmet-shaped and has notched shoulders and a pointed tip. Large for gravy, it measures 2 7/8" by 2 1/4" by 2" deep, and could be for bouillon, which is consistent with the overall length of the piece.

It is without a monogram or removal and is in mint condition. There is no visible polishing wear, nor any bends, dents, or nicks on any part of the piece. The finish is bright and has a soft feel in the hand.

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