This Birth spoon has beautiful floral and scrolls in a scalloped bowl. In the center of the bowl is a crowned shield or crest with a stork holding a baby in it's mouth. The scroll work on the handle combines, birds, swags and cherubs. The back of the spoon shows a split to the middle part of the handle, this is flanked by 2 other intact handle pieces. Not a big deal but thought I should point it out. The silver Hallmark is in the bowl is very small but they are the keyed lion for .833 silver purity. The makers mark and Minerva head and date letter are hidden in the handle. The Dutch loved to hide their marks. This is a very beautiful spoon and would much a lovely gift for someone having a baby.
C. Schoorl worked from 1875 to 1914. His hallmark is G7S found in the handle close to the bottom in a scrolling leaf. "Minerva Head" with letter "A" for Amsterdam assay office; The script date letter is too obscured to read maybe and e for 1889 Hallmarked to the bowl: "Lion passant" for 833/1000 silver purity. Made in Amsterdam, Netherlands, turn of the century
Approx.: Total Length: 6 inches Bowl: 2-1/2 inches. x 3-1/8 inches Weight: 2.07 troy oz
Item ID: 179-DutchStorkSpoon