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Late 18th Century Dutch Silver "Orange Spoon" by Diederik W. Rethmeyer

Late 18th Century Dutch Silver "Orange Spoon" by Diederik W. Rethmeyer
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$19.75

Offered is a piece one doesn't often see in the United States - a late 18th Century (ca. 1790-1800) orange spoon (a Dutch specialty) made by Diederik Willem Rethmeyer, working in Amsterdam circa 1785-1811. I am told the style of this piece makes the last decade of the 18th Century the most likely span of manufacture, though the date could be a little earlier or later. This piece measures about 5 5/16 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. It has stylized crossed laurels or similar decoration to the front, but no monogram or sign of erasure. The only mark is the maker's mark, so the silversmith avoided tax on this one! Condition is fairly good, though there is a little wear and some signs of use to the piece. There are no splits or repairs. All in all an interesting early Amsterdam silver spoon!

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