This elaborate antique spoon is incredible, both in condition and detail. It’s Dutch, and made out of sterling silver it has considerable weight and is marked in multiple places. It even comes in the original box with label. The box helps to determine the age of the spoon as we can tell from experience that it is at least turn of the century vintage.
The box says: “Imitatie geboortelepel Lijsbert Mintjes/ (Wed. Douwe Egberts)/ geb. 20 Juli 1767”. The spoon itself weighs 2.5 oz, or 70.87 g. This translates directly as “Replica birth spoon Lijsbert Mintjes / ( Wed. Douwe Egberts ) / b. July 20, 1767.”
As coffee and tea drinkers in the Netherlands know, Douwe Egberts is a popular coffee brand and also the name of the founder of the multinational tea and coffee company D.E. Master Blenders 1753. This may have been a high-end promotional item sold by the company in the late 19th or early 20th century to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Douwe Egbert’s wife, Lijsbet Mintjes, or the year of their marriage. The detail is great with beautiful design elements and intricate patterns. The box is 9” long, the spoon just slightly smaller. Be sure to buy now, before this great item sails away!