Representations of the Devil on silver are rare, as might be
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
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
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
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
strongly believed that a goat skin would ensure a calm sea if hung from
Huge devil spoon
Spoon features the devil (see the horns) surrounded by two flying
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
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
of the devil with the tongue sticking out and it is carried all the way
These spoons are typical souvenirs from Brussels,
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
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