Very heavy sterling silver reticulated serving ladle. The back has the three symbol Gorham Silver Company trademark along with "A 291". It is also signed "Bigelow Kennard Co" and "Sterling" on the back. It has a woman's head at the top of the handle along with flowers, roses, leaves and cherub heads in the design. It is VERY solid weighing in at 8 troy ounces. I don't know the original function of this piece. It sits flat on the ground or can be hung on the side of a bowl. There is some speculation that it was used as a serving spoon rest. It could have been custom made by Gorham and retailed by Bigelow and Kennard, the Tiffany's of Boston. A wonder of exceptional quality and design! Circa: late 1800's. Dimensions: 9"L x 4.5"W. Condition: No flaws. Lightly polished. Price: $1150.00.