Gale & Willis

About 1870

The origins of the soup ladle date back to the middle of the 17th century when the utensil was purportedly invented by the French courtier Charles de Sainte-Maure, Duke of Montausier (1610 -1690). Prior to that time, diners dipped their individual spoons in the tureen or drank soup from a communal bowl. Since then, little has changed in the basic design of the ladle. The long handle prevents the user’s hand from getting dirty, while the deep and angled bowl allows for a generous portion to be served without being spilled.