Baltimore had during its history a variety of silversmiths producing what is generically known as Baltimore silver with heavy chasing and repousse floral motifs. The handle on this particular sterling soup ladle is an example of what is known as Baltimore "Channel Back" popularized by the Klank Family of silversmiths in Baltimore during the 1880s-90s. Channel Back is not a pattern name but refers to the way the pattern was manufactured with a channel or groove along the back of the piece as shown in the photographs. The pattern is often attributed to the Klanks, it is similar to the "Baltimore Rose" and "Rose" patterns of others like Stieff and Schofield, but it is not. The Klanks went out off business and their dies were acquired by other Baltimore silversmiths. Pieces of Channel Back have been found marked Stieff others have not. This piece is only marked sterling as shown and was most probably produced by one of the Klank family firms. The soup ladle is 12” long and absolutely stunning. The bowl is an impressive 4” wide with an outer engraved rim and leaves and flowers engraved in the bowl. It is monogrammed FES on the reverse. It is in outstanding condition with no dings, dents, or excessive signs of use. The pattern is crisp. It weighs 6.4 troy ounces. If you collect or study Baltimore silver this ladle would make a fine addition to your collection. We combine postage and only charge what it costs us to ship. We have been in business for thirty years. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Please email us if you have any questions.
Rare Klank “Baltimore” aka Channel Back Sterling Silver Soup Ladle