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The eagle's outstretched wings and his entire body surrounded by a large laurel wreath is not a typical design one sees in German eagles prior to 1918 unless you bring into consideration Prussian regimental flags featuring a Brandenburg-style eagle surrounded by a wreath.  

However, I also recognize the overall design of the eagle and wreath as one used by the veteran organizations of the Imperial German East-Asian Forces.  These troops had to fight the Japanese and the British during WW1 in defense of Tsingtao.  After the war, these veterans formed their own Kriegervereins in various German cities.

What is missing from the eagle's talons on the spoon is the the dragonlike snake symbolizing the Chinese insurgents, which would be the only argument against this being a veteran China fighters logo.  However, an argument could also be made that the German troops in China were fighting the Japanese and British during WW1, so a dragon-snake would have inaccurately symbolized the enemy forces the German troops had to deal with.           

Of course, one has to also consider that the eagle on the spoon might be merely decorative, the design of which was conceived by the artist.

 

Kriegerverein Chinakaempfer.jpg

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