18th C ladle features a unique with snake engraving and words “Nosce Te Ipsum”. The Ancient Greek aphorism “know thyself” used by philosophers Aeschylus, Socrates, Plato and others is one of the Delphic maxims and was the first of three maxims inscribed in the Temple of Apollo at Delphi according to the Greek writer Pausanias. The two maxims that followed “know thyself” were “nothing to excess” and “surety brings ruin”. “Know thyself” has had a variety of meanings attributed to it in literature, and over time, as in early ancient Greek the phrase meant “know thy measure.” Hallmark: HG. Under hallmark is hand scratched, “GOE II 1764″. Measurements: 13″ x 4”. 176 Grams.