Georgian Hester Bateman silver soup ladle, London, 1789, in sterling silver. This Old English pattern ladle has a round bowl and is engraved in a feathered script on the handle with the initials 'REA' of the original owner. On the reverse of the handle is struck a full set of English assay marks, together with the 'HB' of Hester Bateman. Size: 14" length. Weight: 6.36 ozt. Condition: excellent with no repairs, only a couple of minor bruises in the bowl, which are consistent with its age and do not detract from the beauty of this fine specimen. Hester Bateman is considered to be England's most noteworthy female silversmith, and has been called the "Queen of English Silversmiths."