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Cape Silver Tablespoon - Willem Godfried Lotter     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11131
Period: George III
Year: 1810-1835
Silversmith: Willem Godfried Lotter
Place: Cape
Price: $ 150.00
Weight: 57 grams
Dimensions: 21.0 cm
Condition: Good, very small slight bump to tip, small dent to bowl, light scratches.

Description: A Cape silver tablespoon in the Old English pattern, of good gauge, very suitable for use. Whilst the spoon is Old English pattern, the drop is definitely not English in style, it has a European flavour (which shows the different influences on Cape Silversmiths of the time). The hallmarks are very clear, makers mark WGL, this is very clearly struck in rectangular outline, which is unusual for this makers mark which is usually worn. The home made punch letters can clearly be seen, and the rectangular outline means it was struck early in his career before the punch became worn. The makers mark is between 2 oval "face" device marks, regularly used by Lotter (mark 88 in Welz, Cape Silver). We are not convinced this is a face as depicted by Welz, more research is required. The Lotter family are important in the history of Cape silver, with 12 members of the family known to have produced silver. Willem Godfried, who made this spoon, worked from 1810 - 1835, and is known for good quality work. David Heller described Willem Lotter as "the finest of all Cape Silversmiths", in his book History of Cape Silver. Willem Gotfried Lotter worked between 1810 and 1835, his father (also Willem Gotfried) was also a silversmith, they shared the same punches. Lotter died in Richmond, which was established as a spa town for sufferers of tuberculosis. Given the style of the spoon and unworn makers mark punch, we believe this spoon was made by the father (1770-1809), but further research is required.
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