Silver Soup Ladle Antler Handle

This Silver Soup Ladle is a showpiece.  Similar examples can be found in the most notable collections of American and English silver tableware.

Created by hand in Nashville, TN.  A blend of hand worked metal and natural antler shed handle..  Copper is hand hammered, worked, and riveted into the flowing organic design.  Then the piece is quadruple silver plated.

The artist, Ben Caldwell, grew up surrounded by silver.

His father, a patron of the arts, amassed a large collection of American and English silver tableware. It was always accessible. Caldwell took for granted that the family used silverware from the 17th and 19th centuries

“I know what a ladle’s supposed to look like,” he says. “I had all these forms in my head that I never knew were there. I had just absorbed it.” 

It is a contemporary piece and at the same time, an artifact of true American craftsmanship

16 inches long with a 5 inch diameter bowl.

 

Material:  Quadruple plate silver over handworked copper

Design:  Ben Caldwell

Source: Nashville, TN

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