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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 04-21-2004 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This spoon is huge at 15.25" long (reg. teaspoon pictured next to it for comparison). Its size alone makes it a fun piece. Its function and origin are unknown to me, though. I thought it could be a soup serving spoon. It is too large to be a platter/stuffing spoon.

The marks are: a standing figure, with a possible sword and cape; a pair of towers; a "P"; and a crown. The figure and P marks lead me to believe it could be Dutch, 1849. Tardy illustrates a similar figure on p. 319, and lists it as a Dutch assay office mark. The "P" is similar to the Dutch 1849 date letter. As for the tower mark, I am assuming it to mean silverplate. The crown is a complete mystery.

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iconnumber posted 04-22-2004 02:08 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The marks are Danish silverplate, 20th Century. The "two towers" mark was Denmark's state control mark for silver plate introduced (I think) around the same time as the "three tower" mark was mandated for all of Denmark - 1893 - and, as far as I know, is still in use. The "P" stand for "Plet-Sølv", the Danish for "silverplate". The top mark is that of the firm København's Skefabrik in Amager (which is an island part of Copenhagen.) It depicts Absalom of Lund (1128-1201), a Danish archbishop in the Dark Ages. The crown is probably some sort of factory control mark. Hope this helps!

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Thanks!

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