A very large spoon featuring an elaborately dressed man playing a flute.
The flute is a woodwind instrument without a reed and has been used in central Europe for over 40,000 years.
Flutes are probably the first musical instrument developed by man.

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Front and back views of this well dressed man playing a flute.
I suspect that this elaborate dress style is from Europe in the 1700's.

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I have included a ruler and a normal sized tea spoon in the picture to help you gauge size
of this huge spoon.

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Marks stamped on the back of  the bowl
indicate imported sterling silver from London in 1895
by retailer BM. (probably Bishop Mitchell & Co.)

The spoon was probably made in Germany or Holland.

The spoon is primarly cast with significant chasing work on the costume.
The bowl is repousse/chased with a nice flower scene in the Art Nouveau style

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