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DESCRIPTION Georgian solid sterling silver punch ladle with a silver cone capped spiral twist baleen handle. Typical engraving of the period. This one is for a Mr I (John would be a fair guess) P. There are four little spacer devices below the P that would go between the 'I' and the wife's first initial and then a void. Mrs P has been erased, obliterated from history. I wonder what she did to deserve this fate. Must have been significant as the erasure was very well done and would have been an otherwise unnecessary expense.
SILVERSMITH Thomas Shepherd
DATE or HALLMARK 1785, rare incuse duty mark
ASSAY OFFICE London
WEIGHT in GRAMS total 43
LENGTH 12 ", 308mm
SILVER STANDARD 925 sterling silver
CONDITION unusually heavy, thick silver and chunky baleen for this type of item, old but well executed rim split and handle joint repairs, old but well glued split along length of handle, all good and still fit for purpose as well as being an interesting item

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