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Rare Early Cape Silver 3 Pronged Hanoverian Pattern Fork - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt (1 of 2)     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11124
Period: George III
Year: 1768-1811
Silversmith: Daniel Heinrich Schmidt
Place: Cape
Price: $ 420.00
Weight: 36 grams
Dimensions: 18.0 cm
Condition: Good, no repairs, scratches to back of tines from use.

Description: A rare early Cape Silver three pronged fork, in the Hanoverian pattern. The fork is a lovely shape, long and elegant, with long tines. The fork has makers mark DHS, with some wear but clearly visible, along with a bunch of grapes with vine leaves in a circular punch (mark 109 in Cape Silver by Welz). The fork also has a small owners cross hatch scratch mark next to the makers mark. Three pronged forks were common in the early 18th century, they were gradually replaced by 4 prongs after 1760, perhaps a little later in the colonies, but we believe this dates to the early part of Schmidt's career. Schmidt arrived in the Cape from Strelitz, Germany, as a soldier in 1768. He worked as a sword cutler for the Dutch East India Company, and became a burgher and silversmith in 1779. He died in 1811 (Cape Silver by Welz, pg 139). He is described by David Heller (in his book History of Cape Silver) as the "greatest Cape silversmith". Heller goes so far to describe Schmidt as a "master craftsman, whose work can be compared to Paul Storr" (History of Cape Silver, pg 79). Note - we have a matching fork and spoon, S 11125 and S11126.
Rare Early Cape Silver 3 Pronged Hanoverian Pattern Fork - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt (1 of 2)
Rare Early Cape Silver 3 Pronged Hanoverian Pattern Fork - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt

Rare Early Cape Silver 3 Pronged Hanoverian Pattern Fork - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt (1 of 2)
Daniel Heinrich Schmidt cape silver hallmarks, DHS

Rare Early Cape Silver 3 Pronged Hanoverian Pattern Fork - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt (1 of 2)
Cape Silver 3 Pronged Hanoverian Pattern Fork

Rare Early Cape Silver 3 Pronged Hanoverian Pattern Fork - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt (1 of 2)
Cape silver fork, 3 tines or prongs

Rare Early Cape Silver 3 Pronged Hanoverian Pattern Fork - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt (1 of 2)
Rare Early Cape Silver 3 Pronged Hanoverian Pattern Fork DHS

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