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Ulysses Dietz

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iconnumber posted 02-21-2010 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A neighbor of mine bought this spoon at a local house sale. It's a mystery. Is it:
  1. An 18th century continental marriage spoon?
  2. An 18th century bowl with a tacked on 19th century fake cast marriage handle?
  3. Two real elements married together?
  4. Entirely fake?

The crudely cast handle seems to have symbolism of marriage, and there is no obvious bogus join at the bowl.

Does anyone know of such a type of spoon in the 3rd quarter of the 18th century in Europe? Or is this a clever Ye Olde nostalgia type object for tourists?

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iconnumber posted 02-22-2010 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agphile     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Without the inscription I would have thought c.1900 historicist, possibly Dutch.

However I believe such spoons were made as wedding spoons in the 17th and 18th centuries. I am not sure how reliable a reference book it is, but Victor Houart's "Antique Spoons" illustrates a couple of Dutch examples. One inscribed for a wedding in 1783 has a similar bowl form to your neighbor's example and a similarly placed maker's mark so maybe this was indeed a good find.

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iconnumber posted 02-23-2010 01:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for blakstone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a similar piece from the Fries Scheepvaartmuseum: Zilveren geboortelepel. Your neighbor's spoon looks convincing enough, but this style of spoon has been copied for centuries and is still made even today. I'd have to see it up close, or at the very least more and clearer photos. What are the marks?

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