Can anyone say if this silver or plate and roughly the age?
Electroplate by W W Harrison of Sheffield. It will date to before the early 1890s as the use of a crown on electroplate was outlawed.
Thank you. Do you know its original use?
It’s a ladle but you don’t indicate its size. A small one would be for condiments (salt, mustard, etc), a larger one for sauces and a very large one for serving soup.