The research on these two spoons
certainly was quite different than I expected.
The two spoons shown above do not show substantial silver workmanship
nor design and I did not pay much attention to
the coin bowls which were in a language I didn't understand and which
were full of small details. At first I though
that they were simple souvenir spoons from the Vatican as the picture
looked like a Pope to me.
The top spoon was apparently made in Dresden, Germany and was a present
according to the shield at the top
"Dresden K.G. from N.F.C."
After research, I have determined that this is a picture of St. Rupert
of Salzburg (Austria).
"St. Rupert, seated facing, salt-measure in right hand, crosier in
left, XV in frame below, all in beaded circle".
The left coin is dated 1684 and the center one is dated 1688.
The right picture is the obverse and is the same for both coins
The coins were minted during the term of
Independent Archbishop, Johann Ernst-Graf von Thun u. Hohenstein
I pulled this picture of a similar 1685 coin off the web.
St. Rupert (gothic statue)
According to Wikipedia: "Rupert was a Frank and bishop of Worms until
around 697, at which point he was sent to become a missionary to
Regensburg in Bavaria. There, he may have first baptized Duke Theodo of
Bavaria, whose permission was necessary for further missionary work,
and then baptized a number of the nobles. After such success, Rupert
moved on to Altötting and converted the locals. He soon had
converted a large area of the Danube. As well as converting the locals,
Rupert introduced education and other reforms. He promoted the salt
mines of Salzburg, then the ruined Roman town of Juvavum, and made it
his base and renamed the place "Salzburg." He reportedly died on Easter
Sunday around 710.
Rupert of Salzburg (also Ruprecht, Hrodperht, Hrodpreht, Roudbertus,
Rudbertus, Robert) is a saint in the Roman Catholic and Eastern
Orthodox churches and a founder of the Austrian city of Salzburg. He
was a contemporary of Childebert III, king of the Franks.
This souvenir spoon from Ischl was manufactured using an old 1743
Austrian coin for the bowl.
Ischl is a small resort town in Northern Austria which is on the banks
of the Ischl river.
The finial is a nice enameled shield with a prancing deer.
This spoon uses a wire wrap technique to create the handle. The use of
this technique makes me question the age of the spoon
This spoon appears to be an old 1725 coin from Salsburg, Austria, but I
have been unable to identify it further.
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