Beautiful Dutch silver(.833) Nip pair of wet fruit serving spoons. They are fully hallmarked to both spoons Dutch lion passant, Minerva head(I believe the Amsterdam assay office, date letter (m) (1871), makers mark I believe to be Kempen & Zoren. I have spent an extensive amount of time researching this piece, and to the best of my research am representing this piece accurate. If you have any reserve, please let me know. The makers mark was the most difficult to try and identify as they are rubbed moderately. The silver content may be higher than stated. I have acid tested tested them to be at least .833. Please examine my photos for the visual description. I searched for this piece and could find none that match.
One spoon is solid and the other pierced. They are beautifully hand engraved and attached together in nip fashion(as I call it). An incredible find for your elegant dining table. Use for serving wet or dry fruit, condiments, vegetable(anything that requires draining on serving. Possibly small pickup pastry too. Perhaps hard boiled egg serving.
The condition is lovely, with minimal signs of wear and use. The connecting knob is secure and there is no wobble. The spoons com together with only a very slight off center, nothing to affect the function. Light tarnish residual, which you could polish away. I like original patina and never machine buff or dip silver.
Measurement; 7 1/2 Inch Length X 2 1/2 Inch at the Widest point(finger handle) total weight 3.2 oz