Very Fine & Rare Pair of 18th Century Georgian Sterling Silver Ice Cream Shovels
A Very Fine & Rare Pair of 18th Century Georgian Sterling Silver Ice Cream Shovels
A very handsome & heavy pair of 18th century George III sterling silver ice cream shovels / spades. Both cast in the ‘Fiddle & Thread’ pattern, showing spatulate-shaped bowls rising to shouldered stems that terminate to handles with hand engraved heraldic crests.
The reverse bearing London hallmarks with date letter for 1798 and makers marks for noted British silversmith Richard Crossley. Both measure 8.75" long, the bowls measuring 2.5” wide.
The combined weight is a substantial 212 grams, or 6.81 troy ounces.
Richard Crossley (1740-1815) worked from 1782 until 1812 and is widely considered to be one of the most important British makers of sterling silver flatware of the late 18th / early 19th century. To that point, an 18th century sterling silver ladle by Richard Crossley is held in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.