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Cape Silver Hanoverian Soup Ladle - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt
Reference: S1726
Period: George III
Year: Circa 1780
Silversmith: Daniel Heinrich Schmidt
Place: Cape
Price: $ 660.00
Weight: 251 grams
Dimensions: 35.5 cm
Condition: Good, old repair to where handle joins bowl, a pin is visible on the inside, this has been well done. Bowl has lots of character, minor dings and scratches.

Description: An early Cape silver Hanoverian pattern soup ladle, by Daniel Heinrich Schmidt, described as the greatest of Cape silversmiths by David Heller (History of Cape Silver). The ladle is a very pleasing gauge, very heavy to hold, and has a long drop. It also has the central Hanoverian rib on the front, and a strong turn up. The ladle is hallmarked with makers mark DHS, which is clear, but struck by a worn punch (mark 174 in Welz, described as unknown by Welz, but now known to be Schmidt's mark). Schmidt had a long career (1768-1811), his makers mark punch must have become worn over time. The second hallmark is larger and circular, but worn, probably the bunch of grapes hallmark often used by Schmidt. the third mark nearby does not appear to be a hallmark, but an imperfection in the silver.
Cape Silver Hanoverian Soup Ladle - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt
Cape silver Hanoverian soup ladle - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt

Cape Silver Hanoverian Soup Ladle - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt
Cape silver hallmarks - Daniel Schmidt

Cape Silver Hanoverian Soup Ladle - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt
Cape silver ladle - back view

Cape Silver Hanoverian Soup Ladle - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt
Cape silver ladle - drop

Cape Silver Hanoverian Soup Ladle - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt
Cape silver soup ladle - deep bowl

Cape Silver Hanoverian Soup Ladle - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt
Cape silver soup ladle - pin repair

Cape Silver Hanoverian Soup Ladle - Daniel Heinrich Schmidt
Cape silver soup ladle - scale

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