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Pierced shell nautilus shell serving spoon from Heyst s/mer, c.1900.


Pierced serving spoon made from the nautilus shell. from Belgian resort town Heyst s/mer, today Heist-aan-Zee, Belgium. Heyst sur mer (French abbreviations...) was the former name of the town which officially changed in 1938.

Belgium has three official languages: German (a little in the East), French, and Flemish (Dutch). It was around the end of the 19th Century that language entered politics. French had long been a dominant language of the government, monarchy, and education. But in the age of language-based nationalism, there was a resurgence of Flemish culture and language. In 1898, Flemish gained legal parity with French, and in the decades to follow, former French names like Heyst s/Mer were changed officially to Heist-aan-Zee, though the locals would likely not really refer to it by the tourist's name anyhow.

No chips or cracks on the shell other than some rust marks on the inside of the spoon. Steel shaft in good condition just some surface pitting. Measures 1 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches and weighs 0.659 oz. Belgium, c. 1900. Pictured on top of an altar stone from nearby Ghent, Belgium - specifically from the pilgrimage church, Sint-Jacobskerk, dedicated to St. James.


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