This German serving spoon measures about 7.5", but it is packed with all kinds of interesting details. The spoon has a crescent/crown mark as well as 800 and it also has the word "Germany" stamped. I suspect that it was made in the first quarter of the twentieth century.
The detail pictures will help you see more of the incredible workmanship which went into this spoon
At the finial we have a male face with a mustache. I have seen many pieces of silver and other Victorian artifacts with a similar face. I suspect that it is suppose to represent the north wind, or timelessness. On each side of the face we have puttis supporting the flowery work. Right at the top are two beast-like animals.
The hand repoussed bowl features two "ears", but the nice part is the incredibly detail brick wall and wooden floor. The left male is smoking a long handled pipe while he appears to be instructing the man on the right. On the wall is a clock and at the foot of the man is a dog lying down with a dog dish nearby. I think that the object on the table is a drinking cup.
The stem also features more puttis, an art nuevo face and enough flowers to fill a vase. The back of the stem has an extra piece of silver to support and strengthen the entire spoon.
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