This is an Early Reed & Barton 1886 Silver-plated Figural Bacchus Crumber in the renaissance Pattern. It was Patented November 30, 1886. It is a very elaborate overall design on this Hollow Handled Server with a Mythological Bacchas Face on both sides of the handle, with an Apple, Grapes, flowers, rococo leaves and scrolling designs throughout the handle. In classical mythology, Dionysus or Dionysos is the god of wine, the inspirer of ritual madness and ecstasy, and a major figure of Greek mythology, and one of the twelve Olympians, among whom Greek mythology treated as a late arrival. The geographical origins of his cult were unknown to the classical Greeks, but all myths depicted him as having "foreign" origins; Dionysus is typical of the god of the epiphany, "the god that comes". He was also known as Bacchus, the name adopted by the Romans and the frenzy he induces, bakkheia. He is the patron deity of agriculture and the theater. He was also known as the Liberator (Eleutherios), freeing one from one's normal self, by madness, ecstasy, or wine. The divine mission of Dionysus was to mingle the music of the aulos and to bring an end to care and worry. Scholars have discussed Dionysus' relationship to the "cult of the souls" and his ability to preside over communication between the living and the dead. It has Very slight Heel wear, This is a really early and interesting macabre Serving piece. It has very slight heel wear, other than that it is in really good condition for being around for 123 years. It measures 13 1/8 " in length and the handle measures 5 1/8" and the Crumber measures 7 5/8" and is 2 5/8" wide.
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