The Tuscan Pattern is a variation of the Olive Pattern and are early American Patterns that were borrowed from the French and English. So popular were these patterns that there are numerous variations of each by many silversmiths. This is a Tuscan Pattern Gravy Ladle by Ball Black & Co in Sterling Silver, circa 1870. Ball, Black was active 1851-1876 (then it became Black, Starr & Frost). Marked Ball, Black & Co. and 950 silver. It is 7 1/2" long x 2 1/2" in length and weighs 2.1 troy oz. It is in very good condition.
Item ID: 404-BallBlackTuscanL
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