North America, United States, Missouri, ca. 1915 CE. A thick sterling silver ladle with an elegantly-shaped silver and wooden handle capped by a round silver ball. The underside of the ladle handle is stamped "HUBER". On the other side of the ladle handle, engraved in cursive, are the initials "T. G." This is accompanied by a paper box that was made to hold another ladle of slightly smaller size. The antique box is green and decorated with roses and gold trim, with a sticker reading "J. G." on it. Size of ladle: 15.25" L x 3.75" W (38.7 cm x 9.5 cm); size of box: 16.5" L x 4" W x 2" H (41.9 cm x 10.2 cm x 5.1 cm); 138 grams total (including handle)
E. J. Huber, the son of German immigrants, was from Boonville, Missouri. He apprenticed with Jacob Gmelich, a jeweler and watchmaker, in 1873; from 1882 to 1893, he and Gmelich ran a jewelry company together, then took on another partner and moved elsewhere in Missouri. In 1915, he established his own business in Boonville, which manufactured this ladle. This is a fine piece of Americana, made to be given as a gift, commemorating a wedding, anniversary, or other important occasion.
Provenance: private Florida, USA collection of a distinguished doctor who traveled the world from the 1950s to 1980
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