Antique Silver and Contemporary Silver

Hester Bateman Sauce Ladles

 

In a Silversmith Shop, women would hand-burnish silver to polish it. This was considered women’s work. David S. Shure who wrote the book on Hester Bateman called the “Queen of English Silversmiths” describes a very plausible theory that she learned to handle silver by first working burnishing to polish the silver. Any expert in silver will tell you their years of getting the feel for smithing by using other metals first for the main reason of cost and the special nature of silver. He goes on to describe her excellence in her early work of making spoons. These spoons are a great way to start your collection of Hester Bateman. The Mark of her trademark is worn, but the date mark is very well struck and has lasted the handling over the years. The spoons themselves are in perfect antique condition. The same design was made later by Anne Bateman and Peter Bateman in 1797(Hester's son and daughter-in-law)which is shown in “Women Silversmiths 1685-1845” (The National Museum of Women in the Arts).
42 grams each. 7inches long by 2 inches diameter of bowl.

 

circa 1786
For the pair: $475

pair of sterling spoons circa 1786, Hester Bateman
Harlequin floral pattern demetise spoons circa 1941

Reed & Barton

 Harlequin pattern sterling silver and golden vermeil bowls coffee spoons.

 Beautiful floral detailed designs on front and back. Each spoon is marked well and in original condition.

Design of flowers are also on the back of the spoons.

 

4 inches long, weight 2.2184 troy ounces. circa 1941

$225

 

 

 

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