This unusual circa 1850 sterling silver sifting spoon was made in London. The spoon's round bowl is pierced with small circles and crosses to the center which are arranged in a diamond shape. There are also a series of scrolling foliate piercings located around the edge. The handle is quite thick with repeating scrolls and other ornate decoration.
The spoon is in good condition showing signs of age/use consisting of some interesting old strap form repairs on the back side of the bowl. The back of the handle is fully marked with the lion passant, leopard head designating the London Assay office, Queen Victoria Sovereign head duty mark and letter "P" indicating production in 1850. There is also an indistinct maker's mark which appears to include the letter "T".
The spoon measures 6.25" long and the bowl is 2.125" from edge to edge and approximately .5" deep. As mentioned the piece is heavy for its size and weighs in at 50.5 grams.
This Victorian sifting spoon would be a useful addition to a collection of antique English silver. The piece can be used to sift granulated or powdered sugar on fruit or cereal, or could be used as a draining ladle to serve small fruits or vegetables. A pretty and practical find with 169 years of history behind it.
Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Sugar Sifting Ladle Spoon London Circa 1850