VA Coin Silver Soup Ladle, Mark of James Gaskins
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
(active in Norfolk, circa 1770-1776, 1804-1806, and Portsmouth, circa 1780-1804, 1806-1827), struck four times with initial mark, period script monogram "GRF" to handle, well-formed hemispherical bowl.
6.85 troy oz.
The Lifelong Collection of Keith and Caroline Gray, Charlotte, NC. Keith and Caroline Gray were passionate about antiques, art, and history. Together they attended antique shows and auctions for decades – assembling a collection particularly strong on American coin silver, Asian art, historical documents, early images, and English ceramics. Both were longtime supporters of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, with Caroline serving in multiple capacities from docent to a member of the acquisitions board and trustee. Caroline translated her love of material culture into a successful career, becoming a certified property appraiser in Charlotte.
Another known 15 in. soup ladle struck four times is mentioned in Catherine Hollan's seminal work Virginia Silversmiths, Jewelers, Clock- and Watchmakers, 1607-1860, Their Lives and Marks (published 2010). A similar ladle, struck once, is in the collection of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.
Good estate condition.