THE GREAT STORK SPOON
This large spoon features a variety of images.
At the finial is a large stork with a snake in its beak. The stork has
been a symbol to various cultures in the last few thousand years. We
still talk about a stork bringing
babies. The stork also is related to motherhood and love and in
the Roman era the stork was a symbol of protection. In China the stork
brings prosperity and long life.
But the image of the stork with a snake in its beak is a Christian
concept of purification and the snake is the symbol of the devil's
influence in human affairs. Storks
are also known to hunt/eat snakes.
Below the stork are two cherubs and below is a human figure (probably
Just above the bowls are two winged angels which commonly represent
Adam and Eve.
The bowl features a crowned image of the stork and snake
cornucopia and flowers and vines.
The ribbon at the bottom says "Gravenhage" which is the old term for
The Hague and it was also a big center for silver production around the
1900 era when this spoon was created.
There is an unreadable mark so I am unsure of silver quality but
suspect that it is 800 purity.
There is also a maker mark of of 'MC' or 'MG' and another mark of
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