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S/3778 Antique Treen 19th Century Welsh Fruitwood Love Ladle

A most interesting Welsh fruitwood love ladle, having a curved handle that is shaped in the form of two hearts, joined by a centre section, all with extremely delicate chip carved borders. The large bowl, darkened through use, has the rare feature on the back of an extension of the handle carved with a hand, all symbolising a token of mortality, friendship and love. It has extremely good contrasting colours and excellent patination.

Sold 12 in. (32.5 cm.) Wide
4 in. (11 cm.) Deep
Welsh Circa 1840