Antique George III Georgian Solid Silver Ladle George Burrows I London 1792 (Code 2200)
A George III period silver ladle probably by silversmith George Burrows I. It has a particularly good set of hallmarks for London 1792 with even the detail in the King's head remaining visible. The ladle is in the old English pattern and the size suggests it is a sauce ladle.
It also has an unusual feature, notice the images of the top of the handle. There is a distinct change in the tone or crystallisation of the metal unevenly spread and also descending down the shaft somewhat. This does not seem to polish out and appears to be in the metal. Both parts test identically as Sterling silver, so it is not a change of silver quality. It is interesting to speculate that the silversmith may have combined two slightly different billets or perhaps melted down something else to finish this piece if there were not quite enough metal in the original strip. There are similar signs to the underneath of the bowl, but to a much lesser extent. An interesting anomaly.
Normal period wear, kept well polished. Hallmarks particularly good. Change in silver as explained in listing.
Length: 18 cm ( 7 1/8 inch )
Width: 4.7 cm ( 1 7/8 inch ) across bowl
Weight: 45 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 2200 JL20-7
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