Description and Details
We are delighted to have acquired and be able to offer this pair of solid silver Georgian ladles, one made by Thomas Northcote & the other George Smith, London 1784/5.
The pair is crafted with a classic minimalist Georgian design allowing for the large proportions and quality to aptly present its unembellished beauty.
An additional feature of this pair is the rare 'Incuse' duty hallmark present on the rear side of the ladle's handles. This mark was only used during the short span of 1784-5 resulting in such marks being collectable in their own rights.
Noteworthy crests are present on the ends of the handle with those bearing the crest of the Sutherland clan.
The crest presents a 'wolf passant collared and chained' with the Order of the Garter surrounding it, 'Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense' and a coronet at the top.
The pair were eventually discovered at Dunrobin Castle which is situated in Sutherland (Highland area of Scottland), and was/is a very ornate and extravagant castle that is still standing today.
During the period these ladles were made, the 1st Duke of Sutherland, George Granville Leveson-Gower's ownerships of extensive land towards the latter part of his life eventually resulted in him being one of the wealthiest individuals in Britain to such an extent that titles and speculation such as "The Leviathan of Wealth" and "the richest man that ever died" came about to be associated with him.
Leveson-Gower (1st Duke) and his wife spent a great deal renovating Dunrobin Castle as their family seat and he eventually passed away there.
Supposedly, these ladles were stored away and not discovered for a long period as they were fairly recently discovered in the attic of Dunrobin Castle and were eventually offered for sale.
Due to the large size of the pair, they would allow for an excellent and diverse range of usage whether be it with soups, tureens, or creative choices of your preference in the modern era.
The ladles are fully hallmarked on the rear side with clear English marks (with 'Incuse' duty mark).
A wonderful pair with rich Aristocratic interest whilst serving a practical and useable purpose in the modern-day.
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- Size (mm) L:345mm W:85mm
- Size (inches) L:13.5 W:3.34
- Weight: 232 grams (8.2 oz)
Good Condition - The set is in good antique condition with no major damage or issues, the crests have been worn out due to age and fine scratches are present as to be expected with its age. Please refer to the photographs to examine the condition in further detail.
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