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Smith Forge Find

Weight:4.5 lbs

Large early hand forged ladle it is 40 inches long and 9 1/2 inches wide at the bowl end.This piece was salvaged from the depths of the river somewhere in the vicinity of Smith Forge at the Head of the River in Southern New jersey.This is the story I was told by the seller.There are a couple of Ss branded into the handle and maybe other letters but I can`t make them out.This is completely hand wrought and very early late 18th to early 19th century. I think this was used to pour molten iron into molds,, rare item indeed!