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Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Gerhardus Lotter
Reference: S1729
Period: George III
Year: Circa 1810
Silversmith: Gerhardus Lotter
Place: Cape
Price: $ 370.00
Weight: 12 grams
Dimensions: 13.1 cm
Condition: Good, scratches from use, no repairs. very slight wobble to tines.

Description: A rare Hanoverian pattern 3 prong Cape silver Konfyt (preserve) fork, by Gerhardus Lotter, this fork has loads of character, we really like it. The fork has a pronounced Hanoverian rib on the front, and original engraved initials PM on the back (18th century flatware was engraved on the back, when they were placed tines down on the table). The fork also has an unusual V shaped drop, more Continental in style than English. The fork is hallmarked twice with makers mark GL (Welz mark 70), the punch is quite crude, the G looks more like a C, possibly worn. Gerhardus Lotter, son of Johannes Casparus Lotter, was part of the Lotter family of Cape silversmiths. He was born in 1764 and died in 1824, Welz records him working between 1810 and 1824 (Cape Silver, pg 135). From the style of this fork we would date it circa 1785, well before English influence arrived at the Cape, so perhaps Lotter worked earlier than suggested by Welz.
Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Gerhardus Lotter
Cape silver konfyt fork - gerhardus lotter

Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Gerhardus Lotter
Cape silver konfyt fork - back

Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Gerhardus Lotter
Cape silver fork - v shaped drop

Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Gerhardus Lotter
Cape silver fork - engraved initials on back of fork

Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Gerhardus Lotter
Gerhardus Lotter makers mark GL

Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Gerhardus Lotter
Cape silver, Lotter, scale

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