A matched pair of George III Sterling sauce ladles made by London silversmith Hester Bateman in 1786 and 1787. Hester Bateman(1709-1794) is the world's most famous lady silversmith. These ladles were made at the height of her career; one is hallmarked for 1786 and one for 1787. They have the beaded edge arched handle as is typical of the emerging federal style and beautifully hammered shell bowls. The hallmarks on reverse are strong and clear. No monograms. They are in excellent condition with no damage or repair. Measurements are 6.25"long and bowl width is 1.75". Weight of the pair is 4 ounces.