Sterling Reticulated Server

Very heavy sterling silver reticulated serving ladle.  The back has the three symbol Gorham Silver Company trademark as shown at this link:

  along with “A 291″.   It is also signed “Bigelow Kennard Co” and “Sterling” on the back.  It has a woman’s head at the top of the handle along with flowers, roses, leaves  and cherub heads in the design.   It is VERY solid weighing in at 8 troy ounces.  I don’t know the original function of this piece.  It sits flat on the ground or can be hung on the side of a bowl.  There is some speculation that it was used as a serving spoon rest.  It could have been custom made by Gorham and retailed by Bigelow and Kennard, the Tiffany’s of Boston.  A wonder of exceptional quality and design!   Circa:  late 1800′s.   Dimensions:  9″L  x  4.5″W.   Condition:  No flaws.  Lightly polished.   Price:  $1150.00.                SPECIAL SALE PRICE:   $795