The 1mm surface edge of the lip of the ladle has a pattern stamped on it. Can it be authentic without the other marks?
Hunter, you mention a pattern on the lip of the ladle.
In this period, particularly in the smaller provincial centres, it was relatively common for the bowls of these ladles for hot punch or toddy to be hammered up from a coin, leaving the edge wording of the coin as intact as possible. This provided, in and of itself, a guarantee that the piece was made of good standard solid silver.
We might also note that the use of baleen provided the necessary insulation against the heat of the punch, and was less susceptible to damage by the hot liquid than the earlier turned wood handles.