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Punch ladle of Dumfries Burns Club

Introduction:
This punch ladle was commissioned by Dumfries Burns Club shortly after its formation in 1819. It was made by David Gray a prominent local silversmith and carries his mark. It was first used at a supper to celebrate the poet's birthday on 25 January 1820.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.109
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Wood, ? ebony (handle); metal, silver (bowl/stem); ?ivory (tip)
Dimensions:
Length (handle): 390 mm, width (bowl): 101 mm, length (bowl): 83 mm
What:
Punch ladle, Dumfries Burns Club
Subject:
The ladle has a shallow bowl and tapered stem of silver. The handle is of turned ebony, it is very decorative with a series of knops and a spiral section. it has a tip of ivory.
Who:
David Gray (Dumfries) (silversmith)
Dumfries Burns Club (commissioned by)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (associated)
Dumfries Burns Club (commissioned by)
When:
c 1819
Where:
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The ladle has a shallow bowl and tapered stem of silver. The handle is of turned ebony, it is very decorative with a series of knops and a spiral section. it has a tip of ivory.
Description:
The ladle was purchased by Dumfries Burns Club along with a punch bowl by Josiah Spode of Stoke on Trent, a silver liner, jugs and glasses and it is still used at the club's annual suppers.