Coin silver Lexington, KY ladle, circa 1790-1805, with the
mark of “S. Ayres” on the back, which was used by Samuel Ayres. 18th century Southern silver is extremely
rare, and this ladle is a wonderful survivor.
Ayres worked in Lexington, KY from 1786 to 1823 and one year after in
Danville, KY. See Marquis
Boultinghouse’s Silversmiths of Kentucky,
1785-1900 for eight pages of information about Ayres.
The ladle measures 8 inches and has an “F” monogram in
embellished circle. There is a very
slight bend at the top handle of the ladle but otherwise is in excellent