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These two spoons were listed on eBay.  Not knowing much about them, but curious, I placed a bid on them.  I guess no one else was interested in them, because my bid won.

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Born approximately AD 550 in Ireland, Saint Gall accompanied Saint Columbanus on his missionary trip to the wilds of Switzerland to convert the pagans there.  Columbanus journeyed on to Italy, but Gall was too ill to travel onward.  He and several companions established a hermitage near the shores of Lake Constance.  Legend has it that Saint Gall was warming his hands by a fire when his party was menaced by a bear.  Saint Gall admonished the beast, which then made amends by bringing wood for the saint’s fire.  The bear became Saint Gall’s constant companion.  The hermitage would become the Monastery of Saint Gallen and the nucleus for the Canton by that name.  The Monastery was and is renowned for its library, and in medieval times for its scriptorium.  

The coins which became the bowls of these spoons are 15 kreuzers of 1737 and 1738.  

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Say hello to Saint Gall’s tame bear.   Please list any interesting saint’s legends or coins of St. Gallen.

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11 hours ago, Hrefn said:

These two spoons were listed on eBay.  Not knowing much about them, but curious, I placed a bid on them.  I guess no one else was interested in them, because my bid won.

 image.jpeg.2f63ca5bef1d192fc77e58865654ab8c.jpeg

Born approximately AD 550 in Ireland, Saint Gall accompanied Saint Columbanus on his missionary trip to the wilds of Switzerland to convert the pagans there.  Columbanus journeyed on to Italy, but Gall was too ill to travel onward.  He and several companions established a hermitage near the shores of Lake Constance.  Legend has it that Saint Gall was warming his hands by a fire when his party was menaced by a bear.  Saint Gall admonished the beast, which then made amends by bringing wood for the saint’s fire.  The bear became Saint Gall’s constant companion.  The hermitage would become the Monastery of Saint Gallen and the nucleus for the Canton by that name.  The Monastery was and is renowned for its library, and in medieval times for its scriptorium.  

The coins which became the bowls of these spoons are 15 kreuzers of 1737 and 1738.  

image.jpeg.9fbcb5704c670278a87cd3fff7adae46.jpegimage.jpeg.2b4a5103347c78dd25b5b43e87eb0336.jpeg

Say hello to Saint Gall’s tame bear.   Please list any interesting saint’s legends or coins of St. Gallen.

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Great score ☺️! Impressive silver work & interesting story of Saint Gall.

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Nice! If I had seen these on ebay you would have had competition...

Here ist St. Gall without his bear:

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Abbey of St. Gall, under Ulrich IV von Tegerfelden, AR bracteate, 1167-1199 AD. Obv: +MONETA•SANCTI•GALLI; bearded bust of St. Gall, with tonsure, facing. Rev: negative design (bracteate). 23mm, 0.46g. Ref: Berger 2568–9; HMZ 1-463; Slg. Bonhoff 1817–8; Slg. Wüthrich 272–5.

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