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Cape Silver Tablespoon, Unidentified Makers Mark ID     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11179
Period: George IV
Year: Circa 1830
Silversmith: I.D
Place: Cape
Price: $ 260.00
Weight: 53 grams
Dimensions: 20.7 cm
Condition: Good, no repairs, but well used and worn. Worn engraving, worn tip from use, very slight kink to bowl, no dents.

Description: A Cape silver tablespoon in the Fiddle pattern, with unascribed maker mark I.D. The spoon has original owners engraved initials, now worn, first letter probably A. The makers mark is very distinctive, I.D in serrated punch, between 2 five pointed stars. This mark is not described in any of the Cape silver textbooks. The reason for ascribing this maker to Cape is that 3 known examples have now appeared, and all were sourced in the Cape, hence the attribution. The first was posted in the WWW.925-1000 silver forum in 2012 by a Cape based South African dealer, where Dognose tentatively ascribed it to American silversmith Jabez Delano (1763-1848), see the post http://9251000.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=31240. The photographs supplied have now been used on the ancestry website for Jabez Delano, in our view in error. A second tablespoon appeared on the website of South Africa's leading silver dealer, The Old Corkscrew, described as Cape but unascribed (we agree), item S373, www.theoldcorkscrew.co.za. This spoon is the third, and given the source of all 3 a Cape origin is most likely. The star device either side of a makers mark is a typical Cape feature, used by Daniel Hockly and Georg Wolhuter. However, we must point out that the serrated punch edge around the makers mark is not a common Cape feature, only Hockly used a serrated punch, a serrated punch was used more frequently in the USA. Further research is required on this maker, all suggestions and comments welcome.
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