I've treasured it, and polished it occasionally, and maybe used it once. That was one very good punch that I served at a party for University of Hartford Art School students and staff in Windsor, CT. Or maybe it was that party for friends in Tallahassee, FL...good parties have that problem, the next day you forget exactly what you were drinking.
But I can only find one ancestor with these initials, Mary Catherine Gainer. And they were her initials after her second marriage. Would an antebellum woman (who already had children) have received a punch ladle on a second marriage?
I have no idea. So I keep looking for other women who married into a "G" family in my tree.
And I cannot yet figure out the manufacturer. Here's the stamp in the handle on the back.
|Stamp on back of punch ladle "MCG" monogram|
But when I browsed on line for maker's marks and names, nobody seems to have these initials. I don't even know if it's sterling, since there isn't a stamp saying so.
So perhaps this ladle belonged to some ancestress who served some mean eggnog. I tend to think so, because of the way my grandmother gave it to me. She didn't know whose it had been, and as a teetotaler, seemed embarrassed to have it.