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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2018 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another sterling cream ladle, marked only STERLING 71 (with possibly a period after STERLING.)

Can anyone help me figure out who made it?

It's charmingly made to look rustic and rough hewn, with bright-cut engraved wood graining. It's not as refined and delicate as Gorham, Whiting, Wood & Hughes--but it's skillfully made, and the crudeness seems appropriate to the subject matter. It's very heavy for its size, which is 5 3/4 inches.

The three-lobed leaf at the end of the handle reminds me a lot of the handle of a Fessenden preserve spoon I have, which is identical to the handle of the Fessenden citrus spoon Kimo posted in this thread (it's the spoon photographed against a blue background): Joseph Seymour Engraved Serving Fork
But obviously the marks are different.

Any idea who made it, beyond my guess of "American, c. 1870s"?




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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2018 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote



With some objects to show scale (typical-sized teaspoon, trade paperback book, etc):

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vathek

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2018 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you thought about using Google search by image?

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2018 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I tried, but all I found was the listing from when I bought it.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2018 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
(When I search on my own images rather than the seller's, I get really unhelpful things like "Best guess: silver" and "Best guess: paperweight," and the images they suggest as similar are things like earrings and paperweights.)

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doc

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iconnumber posted 02-14-2018 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wish I had some helpful info on this ladle, but I have to say that it is wonderful! I wonder, given the size and design, whether it might have been used for maple syrup?

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 02-14-2018 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not sure of the maker, but very cool! smile

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-14-2018 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whether or not it was made for maple syrup, it will DEFINITELY be used for it!

--I'm suddenly remembering a long dream I had last night where I was trying to make cornmeal waffles, but I'd run out of cornmeal, so I was running from grocery store to grocery store looking for one that sold it. Who's up for cornmeal waffles with maple syrup??

I imagine the silversmith who made this ladle getting a brainstorm: "I'll make the bowl a LOG!! With the corners cut off!"

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 02-15-2018 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That would work well for syrup. biggrin

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agleopar

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iconnumber posted 02-15-2018 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Polly, "I'll make the bowl a log with the corners cut off" is a refrain of silversmiths the world round!

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 02-15-2018 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The marks look like Whiting.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-15-2018 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Richard, interesting! It really does not feel like Whiting to me--it's so much more, well, rustic. Will you be at the school on Sunday? I'd love to hear what you think after holding it in your hands.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 02-16-2018 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Polly, are you trying to say that it's crude?

If my memory serves me right, and increasingly my memory isn't serving me at all, I once saw a creamer and sugar set that was very similar to your ladle.
Surprisingly it was made by Towle. So you may be right about your Whiting doubts.

My schedule is currently up in the air.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 04-07-2018 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just saw a tea caddy with the same squared-off-log base for sale online. It has the same "STERLING." mark, and is also marked "71B" (mine is just 71). It has Towle's mark. So I'm confident Richard must be right (well, naturally--of COURSE Richard is right!) and the mystery is solved.

I won't include a link, because it's a commercial website.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-08-2018 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm guessing this is the holloware for the
Arlington flatware pattern (Sterling, 1884) by Towle.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 04-08-2018 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bet you're right, Scott. Do you agree that it seems related to my ladle? The Arlington ladles look nothing like mine.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-08-2018 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your ladle looks related to the holloware (caddy) and the holloware (caddy) looks related Arlington flatware pattern.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 04-08-2018 01:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Right. That's my guess too. Thank you, Scott! For showing the images, too.

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