Reed & Barton's most impressive designs in flatware were those in their art nouveau floral line. This small pierced ladle incorporates flowing leaves and scenes of orchids on the front and back of the handle. The front is engraved with a 'M' initial and the reverse is engraved '1880-1905'.
The bowl is gilded on both sides and pierced with swirling leaf cutouts.
This sweet ladle is marked 'ORCHID' on the back along with Reed & Barton's trademark and 'STERLING/ PAT. APPL'D FOR' and by the retailer 'COOK & JAQUES'. It measures 5.5 inches long, weighs 1.30 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition with a spot of wear to the gilding where the back of the bowl rests
Provenance: from the collection of Dale E. Bennett.