ANTIQUE SILVER-PLATED SOUP LADLE
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: Unknown
ORIGIN: London, England
MAKER: Martin, Hall & Co (Richard Martin & Ebenezer Hall), London, active circa 1863-1904
STOCK CODE: 5868
Victorian silver-plated soup ladle with pretty hand-engraved decoration and the addition of a family crest of a merlion; half lion, half fish.
Although the use of ladles in Europe can be traced back to the Roman era, and the production of silver flatware made in England from as early as the 13th century, silver ladles were not widespread until the mid-18th century, following the rise in popularity of the silver soup tureen. Silver ladles were quickly produced in many shapes and sizes, and the number of ladle types seems to have grown with the emergence of silver sauce ladles, stew ladles, slotted ladles and punch ladles, to name just a few.
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