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Cape Silver Christening Mug
Reference: S1255
Period: George IV
Year: Circa 1830
Silversmith: John Townsend
Place: Cape
Price: $ 1 050.00
Weight: 140 grams
Dimensions: Diameter 5.7 cm, height 6.5 cm
Condition: Good. Slight discolouration to silver, perhaps due to grade of silver used.

Description: Rare Cape Silver Christening mug, by the highly regarded Cape Silversmith John Townsend. The body is plain and cylindrical, the handle has a lovely leaf cap, and the mug is of good gauge. David Heller, author of "Cape Silver", described Townsend as the "most versatile" of all the English silversmiths who worked at the Cape. The hallmarks are clear, being makers mark and pseudo English hallmarks which are slightly worn (duty mark, date letter a, leopards head and date letter J) -(see Welz, Cape Silver, pg 122).
Cape Silver Christening Mug
Cape silver Christening Mug

Cape Silver Christening Mug
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Cape Silver Christening Mug

Cape Silver Christening Mug

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