We are listing this rare and very interesting early 1700s double inscribed Dutch sterling silver figural terminal serving spoon by an Amsterdam silversmith whose mark I cannot identify (it includes the letter I). The decoratively cast handle is topped with a mother holding a baby with another young child on either side of her. The spoon has two hallmarks on the back of its bowl which were used to signify sterling silver. 875 fineness at that point in Amsterdam in the early 1700s (see page 308 of INTERNATIONAL HALLMARKS ON SILVER).There is also a partial maker's mark which includes the letter I, and another figural mark of some type that I cannot identify. Inscribed around the back edge of the bowl there is a Dutch inscription that ends in the word for Norway and the date 1719 (I cannot decipher/translate the rest of it). In addition, in the middle of the back of the bowl there is a pin-pricked inscription for the birth of Maria Sophia Haering? The spoon is over 6.75 inches long, with a bowl over 2 inches across, weighs a substantial 1.5 ounces, it is very interestingly shaped and inscribed, and it is in good overall condition (obvious wear to one side of the bowl, and some rough spots inside the bowl). Please view the closeup pictures and judge for yourself (the spoon has not been professionally polished). Obviously this old spoon was well used, but it is certainly a rarely seen and most interesting piece of history.
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This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "smallpleasuresfarm" and is located in Berryville, Arkansas. This item can be shipped to United States.