Antique Silver Sugar Sifter Pierced Dutch Silver Spoon 1860 Large Stork Baby Gift
The stork, a symbol of fecundity, luck, and prosperity widely used across Europe, has for centuries been associated with childbirth. This incredible sugar sifter may have been used to celebrate the Christening of a child in 1836. These spoons were used in parlors all over Holland where the famous poffertjes and Dutch pancakes were served, as well as the New Years treat oliebollen and appelflappen (all are served with powdered sugar). What a grand event it must have been used for!
This classic Dutch sugar sifter is a study in Dutch symbolism. It has a center diamond patterned shield vignette with a stork and a crown. At the top of the spoon bowl are three angels. At the very top of the ornate handle is a stork finial. The bottom is decorated with two cornucopias of flowers and an open weave basket embellished with a lovely swag of flowers and floral vines. This sugar sifter is marked with the classic Dutch silver marks for 833 ( not sterling ) silver: the lion passant with a key and the number 2 and the date letter B for 1836. The Minerva head is a duty mark. The Minerva's helmet shows a letter "C" for The Hague Assay Office. The maker is unknown as I cannot read the mark. There are also other marks I can't define. Please see photos.
Weight: 184 grams
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