AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN / ROMANIAN SPOON, CA. 1850
This was probably a place spoon – larger than English or American counterparts at 9-1/8 inches. The type – a 'reverse tipt' – spoon was made in virtually every silver-producing country in the 19th Century, and fits easily with the city mark for Kronstadt – modern Brasov – for 1850. Kronstadt was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1850, but is now in Romania. With the city mark is the letter N, – it could be a year code, but I have been unable to get the mark closer than ca. 1850 – and the traditional tremolierstrich (zigzag) showing the article was assayed by a warden. Part of the city mark has the number 12, indicating the silver content is 12 lothig, or 750 fine silver. Also imprinted is '12 L.F.K. & C' which is probably not a maker mark but a later addition. On the front of the handle is a very worn monogram that I was unable to decipher. Condition is excellent, with no dents, twists, pits or other detraction. Romanian silver of this period is scarce. The weight of the spoon is 50 g.