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Irish Provincial Silver Toddy Ladle - Cork
Reference: S1436
Period: George III
Year: 1819
Silversmith: Phineas Garde
Place: Cork with Dublin hallmarks
Price: $ 1 100.00
Weight: 24 grams
Dimensions: 20.4 cm
Condition: Excellent (both bowl and handle).

Description: A rare Irish provincial silver toddy ladle made in Cork, but hallmarked in Dublin. The ladle is circular with a lip for pouring, and has a whale bone handle. The ladle is beautifully decorated, with embossed flowers, leaves and scrolls, on a stippled background. The pouring lip is decorated with a "sunburst" collar. The decoration is typical of the Irish silver of the 1820 period, with floral repousse (embossing) on a background stippled to a matt finish (Bennett, Collecting Irish Silver, pg 79). The whalebone handle is 4 sided, and has an unusual knop end, the circular knob set above silver banded decoration. The hallmarks are all very clear, including makers mark PG in oval outline (Cork mark no. 80 in Bennett). The Dublin Goldsmiths company passed an act in 1807 requiring the Kings head to be stamped on all plate made in Ireland. As this could only be done in Dublin, it forced the provincial goldsmiths to start sending silver to Dublin for hallmarking. Garde, who worked in Cork between 1812 and 1845, appears to have done so intermittantly, as some of his silver circa 1812 - 1825 has Cork marks (Jackson pg 708), some has Dublin marks (Jackson pg 645 has Garde silver dated 1815 with Edinburgh marks).
Irish Provincial Silver Toddy Ladle - Cork
Cork silver toddy ladle

Irish Provincial Silver Toddy Ladle - Cork
Bowl detail

Irish Provincial Silver Toddy Ladle - Cork
Bowl detail 2

Irish Provincial Silver Toddy Ladle - Cork
Scale

Irish Provincial Silver Toddy Ladle - Cork
Hallmarks

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