LION WITH STAFF SERVER
This large and heavy 10.75" server boasts a rampant lion holding a
staff at the finial while perched on a globe which is supported
by a bare breasted mermaid.
The bowl features a child surrounded by foilage. Where the
bowl meets the stem is a child angel which is usually used as a funeral
I suspect that this spoon was custom created for a family who had a
child die. Most likely they had a family crest with a rampant lion
and a mermaid.
Books on family heraldry list several prominent families who had both
mermaids and rampant lions in the crests. Custom made funeral spoons
are also shown in other exhibits.
If we have any historians reading this I would appreciate your comments.
The only marking is 800 for the silver quality, and I suspect the spoon
was created in central/northern Europe.
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