ANTIQUE 19thC RUSSIAN PROVINCIAL SOLID SILVER WINE LADLE, GEORGIA c1860

ANTIQUE 19thC RUSSIAN PROVINCIAL SOLID SILVER WINE LADLE, GEORGIA c1860

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REFERENCE NUMBER: A2813

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DESCRIPTION

Antique 19th Century rare Imperial Russian Provincial Solid Silver spoon / server, the long handle attached to a round bowl, beautifully chased with scrolling foliage. The handle bears a nielloed inscription in Georgian alphabet.

The spoon is typically Russian provincial, more specifically Georgian. Georgian silver is particularly rare and sought after, especially the wine ladles called "hazarpesche", used at large feasts such as weddings; each drinker had a ladle and ladled from a communal bowl of wine. This particular ladle is very unsual, being spherical and having a lip on top. It could be made this way to not spill wine while dancing, or to warm the drink up on a fire.

The silver is Hallmarked with a Georgian silver mark (a silver standard or a maker's mark, unknown to me). The ladle has been acid tested and shows a 850+ silver standard.

CONDITION

In Great condition - No damage, just general wear.

SPOON SIZE

Length:   30.8cm

Width:   8.5cm

Weight:   248g