This is a fine example of an early English silver cannon handled punch ladle. Engraved on the back of the bowl with contemporary initials M.B.
Weight 246 grams, 7.9 troy ounces.
Length 36cm. Bowl 6 x 7.3cm.
Stamped inside the bowl for London 1737.
Maker probably William Justis (mark 3200 in Grimwade’s “London Goldsmiths 1697-1837)”.
William Justis, apprenticed to John Fawdery 1712, turned over to Richard Bayley 1718, free 1721. 1st mark entered as largeworker circa 1731, 2nd mark 1739. His son William was apprenticed to him in 1747, turned over to David Field. Other spellings are Justise and Justus. His mark is usually found on salvers and waiters.