These are the largest spoon fork silver pieces which I own. They are
huge. The spoon measures about 14.5" (375mm) from the top
to the bottom of the bowl and they have a silver weight commensurate
with their size. The quarter is to give you an idea of relative size.
The main scene at the top is a Roman Centurion in a flowing robe
and he is holding a shield in his right hand and a spear in the left.
In the background is a spire and a small cottage.
Above him are two nude male partial torsos under a flower basket.
Below the centurion is a male figure blowing on a musical
instrument which is being supported by two small children.
Below that is a snake which encircles a man's profile and a leaf.
Below the snake is another undefined person above some type of shield
and a another smaller profile below
Above the bowl are two figures in a reclining position. The left
figure has the back to the viewer and the right figure is a reclining
The very deep bowl features a picture of Moses seated on a bull
(calf?) and holding a tablet which I presume is from the ten
commandments. The background in the bowl features a plant, a brick wall
and a tree as well as numerous swirls and designs.
I thought that these marks were just typical German pseudo marks, but
an alert reader, Nick Peck, told me about a new page which identifies
some Hanau silver marks.
According to this information, these pieces were made by Weinranck and
Schmidt and were probably made in the 1890's. This firm specialized
hand made silver.
There is also a capital 'G' in the bowl.
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