This very elegant 19th century American Silver Punch Ladle was made by the American silversmith Volney Boardman. Born in Franklin County, Ohio in 1810, he first learned the trade of watchmaking and jewelry in Ohio. He decided to relocate to Alabama in 1832 and settled in Hale County. There he decided to add to his talents by becoming a silversmith as well as a respected businessman. At this time, he also established his first jewelry store in Greensboro, Alabama.
As this is the South, punch has always been a very popular beverage. It even became a ceremonial event using only the best crafted bowls and utensils. Also, these recipes for punch were always very closely guarded and each event used a different recipe. In the 18th century, most punch ladles had bowls that took the form of deeply – molded circles. However oval examples can still be found today such as this one. This handsome 19th century American Silver Punch Ladle is designed in the most prevalent pattern of that century – the Fiddle design. This pattern originated in France and has always been very highly sought after by collectors, dealers, and individuals who appreciate this very elegant look.