George III Antique Silver Ladle


Stock: 10275

Date: 1762

Maker: George Baskerville & William Sampel

Country: England

An elegant antique sterling silver serving ladle with a shell shaped bowl. Excellent plain style. Hand engraved decorative initials to...

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An elegant antique sterling silver serving ladle with a shell shaped bowl. Excellent plain style. Hand engraved decorative initials to the end of the handle.

Weight 177 grams, 5.6 troy ounces.
Length 34cm. Bowl rim measures 9.5 x 9.2cm.
London 1762.
Maker George Baskerville & William Sampel.
Sterling silver.
18th century.

Marks. Stamped on the reverse with a clear set of “up the handle” English hallmarks typical of this period. The maker’s mark is only partially stamped and is probably George Baskerville & William Sampel.

Up the handle marks. On early examples of table silver when the silver marks were struck on the thin part of the stem they distorted the form of the piece and so the silversmith had to hammer this back into shape. That’s why the hallmarks are often squashed and distorted and become more easily rubbed and worn. From c.1780 onwards the Assay Office stamped table silver near the top of the stem as opposed to on the stem just below the bowl, and hallmarks are generally much clearer because there is more space on which to strike them.


The soup ladle is in very good condition with moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Slight wear to the engraving on the tip of the handle.

Maker Information

Maker: George Baskerville & William Sampel

George Baskerville & William Sampel, London silversmiths. Marks entered in partnership 27th January 1755. George Baskerville, apprenticed to Joseph Sanders, undated but sfter 1732, freedom unrecorded. 1st mark entered as largeworker 1738. 2nd mark 1745, 3rd mark 1751. 4th mark in partnership with William Sampel 1755. 5th mark alone 1755. 6th mark in partnership with Thomas Morley 1775. Last mark alone 1780. He is recorded working in London as late as 1792. William Sampel, no record of apprenticeship or freedom. 1st mark entered as largeworker in partnership with George Baskerville. 2nd mark alone 1755.

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