Butcher Tasting Ladle, Antique Wrought Iron with Rat Tail, from Southeastern Pennsylvania
Description: A beautiful antique handmade butcher taster or tasting ladle. The taster is completely made of wrought iron and is all made of one piece of metal. The handle, which is obviously hammered ends with a rat tail pattern. The handle starts with a flat juncture where it meets the ladle, then has a rounded rod shape, which tappers into a flat portion changing in width and terminating in a circular form before bending into the rat tail. The bowl is shaped from the same piece of metal as the handle and is almost round in shape with a deep center. The piece has a thin hooked hanger sometime referred to as "Rat Tail" hanger. Both the handle and the bowl are hammered from one piece of iron. This is a great looking antique which would make a great addition to any collection. We are also selling a matching butcher fork and spatula which look very much like this ladle but not exactly. However, all three pieces would probably make a great matching set. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Early to mid 1800's.
Origin: Southeastern Pennsylvania
Size: The taster measures ~ 14" long, while the bowl is ~2 1/2" in diameter. The piece weighs about 5 1/2 ounces.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a nicely done wrought iron taster that is very old and has gotten a lot of use over the years. It would be a great addition to any collection.
Condition: Taster is in very good condition with no cracks, breaks or repairs. The piece has considerable ware especially at the bowl. The piece shows signs of minor surface oxidation. In addition, the entire piece show some pitting, scratches and some defects which happened in the making. Be that as it may, the piece is solid and beautiful and really looks good after being around for almost 200 years. Please see photos for additional condition information.