George III Unusual silver Onslow soup ladle
Thomas & William Chawner, London, 1767
Of heavy gauge silver, the deep round bowl of fluted shell form attached to a long tapering shaft
with unusual short Onslow curled finial; good marks
The Onslow pattern was made in the mid-18th century, with many 19th century conversions,
and is still being copied by modern silversmiths.
The original Onslow is made in a slightly different method :
the overscrolled grooved handle, resembling somewhat the turned "paperscroll" decoration on early Georgian chairs,
is cast separately and applied with an angled scarf joint to the shaft.
This joint, usually visible when tarnished or breathed upon,
is not present on the conversions from other flatware or later copies.
Early true Onslow silver, perhaps named after Arthur Onslow (1691-1768), speaker of the House of Commons,
is somewhat rare, quite beautiful, and blends well with the Hanoverian and Old English patterns of silver flatware.
This Onslow terminal is a rare form and completely "right".
Condition : Excellent; good patination; no bowl wear or deformity
12” Long / 5.7 oz.
Terminal Upper, showing scarf joint line
Terminal Underside, showing scarf joint line
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