We believe this spoon to be German and what is referred to as Hanau silver. This type of silver was manufactured in Germany in the 19th Century in imitation of much earlier Renaissance designs.
We have not been able to identify the marks, but we have had it tested by our jeweler and it tests for sterling silver, although most Hanau pieces are 800 silver.
This is really a spectacular and highly collectible piece with magnificent workmanship.
It is very highly detailed beginning with a dog or lion's head at the top of the spoon and a female figure at the handles central point. This decoration progresses to what looks like a coat of arms with a crown top and culminates with two crossed snakes hugging the spoons bowl.
That is only the front. The back of the spoon has Latin writing, a head resembling a Columbus figure, and a pretty raised flower. If you are into ornate silver this is the spoon for you.
The piece is 8" in length and weighs 3.2 ozt. It is in fine antique condition.
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