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Cape Silver Berry Teaspoon - Waldek
Reference: S1470
Period: William IV
Year: Circa 1830
Silversmith: Fredrik Waldek
Place: Cape
Price: $ 120.00
Weight: 18 grams
Dimensions: 13.7 cm
Condition: Excellent.

Description: A rare Cape silver berry teaspoon, in the Fiddle pattern, with gilded berried bowl and decorated handle. The spoon must be well travelled in it's early life, as the spoon was made in Cape Town circa 1830, and probably "berried" in London in mid to late Victorian times, when the practice of "berrying" was popular (this practice is unknown in Cape silver). Plain Georgian silver spoons were embossed and chased with fruit and foliate scrolls (Pickford, Silver Flatware, pg 70), and the bowl was gilded to complete the effect. The hallmarks are very clear, makers mark FW and pseudo English hallmarks (leopards head, date letter a, duty mark and lion passant), these are mark 163 (Cape silver by Welz). These are the same punches used earlier by Twentyman, Waldek took over Twentyman's shop and workshop in 1836.
Cape Silver Berry Teaspoon - Waldek
Cape Silver Berry Teaspoon

Cape Silver Berry Teaspoon - Waldek
Gilded bowl

Cape Silver Berry Teaspoon - Waldek
Base of spoon

Cape Silver Berry Teaspoon - Waldek
Base of bowl

Cape Silver Berry Teaspoon - Waldek
Hallmarks

Cape Silver Berry Teaspoon - Waldek
Scale

Cape Silver Berry Teaspoon - Waldek
Decoration of handle

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