Antique Victorian Mary Chawner Large Solid Silver Kings Pattern Soup Ladle 1839 (Code 2271)
Sometimes you come across a piece which reminds you how competitive the Georgians & Victorians were with their dining and entertaining. This soup ladle is over 13" long and weighs in at a hefty 236 grams of solid Sterling grade silver, completely over the top for the function and also totally fabulous. It is in the King's pattern with the fiddle, shell and thread design handle. The bowl is a little broader than deep with a soft curve. Although originally made for soup or stew this example pours very well even without a spout lip so would also make a magnificent wassail ladle.
This piece was made by the renowned English silversmith Mary Chawner, (widow of William Chawner and partner of George Adams). It dates to 1839 and has a London hallmark to the reverse side of the handle, deeply struck and nicely formed.
Generally very good for period, some minor wear and some scuffs and light scratches to the underside of the bowl as you would expect. A little grouping of three very small indents to the underside of the bowl shown in the final image.
Length: 34.7 cm ( 13 5/8 inch )
Width: 10 cm ( 4 inch ) across bowl
Weight: 236 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 2271 SP20-1
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