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Rare Cape Silver Vinaigrette - Twentyman
Reference: S1335
Period: George IV
Year: Circa 1830
Silversmith: Lawrence Twentyman
Place: Cape
Price: $ 1 100.00
Weight: 25 grams
Dimensions: 3.5 cm * 2.5.cm
Condition: Excellent. Snug fit, both hinges in good condition, good closure of grille and lid. Interior gilt in good condition.

Description: An extremely rare Cape Silver vinaigrette, with attractive engraving, a sunburst surrounding a wreath contained in a rectangle on the lid, the base and sides also decorated with naive but attractive zig-zag and dot engraving, typical of colonial Cape silversmiths. The grille is also decorated by hand, with a crude flower and foliage surrounded by hand punched holes in squares. The interior is gilt. Both the lid and base are struck with 3 poorly struck hallmarks, which appear to be the lion passant between 2 castles. However the grille is struck with a very clear LT makers mark, without doubt that of Lawrence Twentyman. The only other known example of a Cape vinaigrette, by Martinus Lourens Smith, appeared at Sothebys Cape Town in February 2007 (Lot 428). None of the Cape silver reference books (Welz, Heller) mention vinaigrettes.
Rare Cape Silver Vinaigrette - Twentyman
cape vinaigrette front

Rare Cape Silver Vinaigrette - Twentyman
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Rare Cape Silver Vinaigrette - Twentyman
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Rare Cape Silver Vinaigrette - Twentyman
Base

Rare Cape Silver Vinaigrette - Twentyman
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Rare Cape Silver Vinaigrette - Twentyman
Hallmark lid

Rare Cape Silver Vinaigrette - Twentyman
Hallmark base

Rare Cape Silver Vinaigrette - Twentyman
Makers mark

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