Representations of the Devil on silver are rare, as might be expected.

devil spoon

German or Dutch spoon depicting the devil or pan striking a goat surrounded by art nouveau design motifs.

The face at the finial might be Jesus --but that is a guess.
The face at the bottom clearly show the devil's horns

devil spoon
It appears that the devil or Pan is striking the goat with a stick. Notice how Pan is depicted as a
man on the top and as a goat on the bottom.
The lower figure clearly has horns and is supposed to represent the devil.
The art nouveau style 'C' (auricular) design clearly points to the 1895 - 1905 time period

Pan is the goat-footed god of the Greeks and represents the shepards and wooded areas. He is also a capable musician who likes to dance with nymphs.
He can drive people wild and is the source of our word 'panic'. There is also  a sexual element to his personality.

In most stories his father is Hermes and his mother was a nymph (although there are different stories available).
The Roman name for this god is Faunus.

This representation of the God Pan, who was half man and half goat was extensively worshipped in the ancient European world.

Somehow, the hair and hoof of the goat became a talisman for protection from the devil, thus goats were lovingly nourished and well kept. Sailors once strongly believed that a goat skin would ensure a calm sea if hung from the mainmast.

Huge devil spoon
devil silver spoon

Spoon features the devil (see the horns) surrounded by two flying cherubs.
I think that is his tonguesticking out below the  mouth.
First time I have seen the devil with a handlebar mustache

for more information on this huge spoon click here

This large table spoon was patented in 1862. At the top is a ram's head and the horns are also carried over to the back. In the center is this picture of the devil with the tongue sticking out and it is carried all the way to the bowl 

belgium devil spoons

These spoons are typical souvenirs from Brussels, Belgium

In 1455 a gilded statue of St. Michael slaying the devil was put on top of the Brussels town hall tower. The original statue remained on the tower for 541 years until it was replaced in June 1996.

The 310 foot gothic style tower was constructed by court architech Philip the Good.

the lavishly decorated pinnacled octagonal spire is topped by the Archangel Michael (Brussels patron saint)

who is slaying the devil (although sometimes a dragon is shown)

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