A pair of Scottish fiddle pattern silver toddy ladles
hallmarked Edinburgh, with maker's mark for James McKay 1827, the handles engraved JME
14 & 15cm long,
Towards the end of the 18th century, punch went out of fashion, replaced by toddy. A much stronger beverage made with sweetened and diluted spirits, toddy was the go-to elegant drink to serve at social gatherings. Smaller ladles were required to compensate for the strength of toddy. These ladles today are often used as sauce ladles.
Today, both punch and toddy ladles are excellent gifts and collectables. While toddy has fallen to the wayside, punch still survives as a party drink.