English sterling silver and Baleen whalebone toddy or punch ladle by Elizabeth Morley, with a full set of London Hallmark for 1806, including a Lion Passant on the handle shank. The handle floated, making it easier to retrieve the ladle when dropped in the punch
A well regarded woman silversmith, Morley carried on the work of her husband Thomas from 1874 to 1807.
A very similar ladle is in the collection of The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C.
This special, museum quality George III ladle is 13 3/4" long, weighing 29 grams. It bears an ornate, period script monogram on the bottom of the bowl: AF.
Monogrammed as described above, the soft, warm, original finish is present, with no buffing or machine polishing.
The excellent original condition and clear detail, with no removals, repairs or alterations, make this an especially attractive offering.