This is a very ornate piece. The bowl is raised on 4 cast and applies leaf form feet and the sides and rim are done in an openwork form.
The sides are decorated with applied festoons of flowers in between goat or ram's heads and the ends each have a knocker style handle emanating from the mouth of a lion's head. The rim is finely handle engraved with fruits, leaves, flowers and scrolls. The center of the bowl has a crest of a lion's head underneath the "Spero" for Hope.
The underside bears the Dutch key and lion passant 833 purity silver mark. There is also a dater letter G, corresponding to the year 1891, near the bottom of one of the 4 feet. There are also German pseudo-hallmarks. I believe that this piece was made in Hanau Germany, then exported to the Netherlands and given Dutch hallmarks. Although the process could have happened in reverse.
This piece is in very good condition, especially for its age. There are 3 dents to the base of the bowl, a little of which can be seen in the first and eighth photos. There are no breaks or repairs.
The engravings and chased designs are crisp. Dimensions: 13 1/4 by 9 1/4 by 3 1/4 inches. Weight: 773 grams or 27.3 ounces.Powered by SixBit's eCommerce Solution. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Non-U. The seller is "robertcharlessilver" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.