18th century silver toddy ladle with tortoiseshell handle Date : 18th Century Period : George III Origin : England Decoration : George III 1787 shilling Size : Length 40.3cm Condition : Cracks to the tortoiseshell, dint to bowl Restoration : None Weight : Gross 49g. Toddy or punch ladles were a staple of 18th century households. Due to the expense of silver, the handles were made from other materials and this example has a tortoiseshell covered wood or bamboo handle.The addition of coins into the bowls was also due to the cost of silver. Maker's started to add coins to both add strength and act as a counterweight to the flexible handle. The ovoid bowl and silver shaft of this ladle are of particularly thick gauge suggesting that, along with the tortoiseshell, it came from a grander home than most. Not hallmarked but tests as silver. I cant help but think of the generations of happy people who have used such an item at a festive occasion.
This is the finest example I have seen. I have been involved in the antiques business since 1971. My career took a leap forward when I joined Bonhams in 1976. Some five years later I became head of the Decorative Arts department. The item "18th Century Silver Toddy Ladle with Rare Tortoiseshell Handle" is in sale since Monday, December 16, 2019.This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Ladles". The seller is "ericknowlestv" and is located in High Wycombe.
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