Thomas Sybrand Hicht Dokkum Spoon?
Posted: Sat May 04, 2019 2:57 pm
I bought this spoon as a fake because the maker's mark has been known to be faked, the rattail looked poorly cast and the crest on the back looked to me like Victorian-era tourist bate (windmills, wooden clogs, etc) typical on dutch fantasy pieces circa 1900 thereabouts. Now that I have the spoon and can examine more than just 3 blurry pictures I think it might actually be authentic. The rattail is the way it is from repair work as can be seen from the cracks on the front of the bowl, the marks are not cast and the bowl is hand hammered with genuine evidence of use. Now according to the OKS (Ottema Kingma Stichting) museum, the crest was possibly made for someone from the shoemaking guild. They have a couple of similar spoons with similar cartoonish crests. Was there a large shoe industry in Dokkum at one time that so many similar spoons would survive? The shield depicts a cow, a leather knife and a shoe. If anyone can shed some light on this I would appreciate your help but I am assuming Peter will most likely know.