This is a lovely pattern formerly called 'Neapolitan'. It features a small shell decoration at the top and scroll elements to the shaped length of the handle.
There is a hand-engraved gothic-style 'R' initial at the top.
This beautiful gravy or sauce ladle is marked on the reverse 'FRANK M. WHITING/ STERLING'. It measures 6 inches long, weighs 2.10 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.