INSCRIPTION: Engraved “P H” in block letters on face of handle.
MARK: Struck twice on reverse of handle with rectangular intaglio “I•Y” mark.
MAKER: Jacob Young (1752-1791) of Hagerstown, Maryland, is listed in the Washington County census of 1790 and probably had been established as a silversmith for several years before this date. His estate inventory (filed 26 March 1793) lists, among other things, 12 gravers and burnishers, scales and weights, 28 articles of watch tools, 5 silver tea spoons, and tea ware.
FORM: Large silver ladles were popular for serving punch or soup. Most had plain hemispherical bowls, others were round, and a few had scalloped or shaped bowls. Smaller ladles of silver were most often designated for serving sauces and gravy.