by Wayne Bednersh
I have added a ruler and a regular size tea spoon so that you can guage
This is a very large 12.625" spoon which was apparently designed to
hang on a wall because there is a large silver ring attached to the
back of the man's head.
There is a French Minerva quality mark in the bowl as well as
several indistinct marks
another indistinct mark is on the stem
I suspect that this spoon was made in Hanau, Germany ca 1900
The large finial shows a very handsome young man impeccably dressed and
he is holding a very stylish hat with a feather in his right hand.
left hand rests upon his sword handle.
Across his upper abdomen
is a musical instrument (horn) which is held there by straps that
extend over his shoulders.
He is also wearing knee high stylish boots.
The stem is rather generic and depicts a man's head surrounded by a
snake which winds its way down the stem. At the base of the stem is an
undefined element with two small faces and protruding elements.
This stem is similar to those I have seen coming from the Hanau
The back of the bowl has an applied 'shield' which is not particularly
clear and the shield is surrounded by nice wavy engraved designs.
The back of the figure is not finished
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