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Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Johan Hendrik Vos
Reference: S1786
Period: George III
Year: 1761-1810
Silversmith: Johan Hendrik Vos
Place: Cape
Price: $ 330.00
Weight: 14 grams
Dimensions: 13.2 cm
Condition: Excellent - very light scratches to tines from use.

Description: A Cape silver konfyt fork by the respected silversmith Johan Hendrik Vos, part of the Vos family of Cape Silversmiths. The fork is quite long and elegant, in the Old English pattern, and has no engraving. It has 3 tines, (later forks have 4 tines), so probably dates to before 1800. The fork also has a wide semi circular drop, also indicative of a date before 1800. The hallmarks are excellent, and consist of a square punch with 4 dots struck twice, either side of makers mark JHV in script in oval punch (Welz mark 152, Cape Silver and Silversmiths). Vos worked between 1766 and 1810, he apprenticed with Johann Hasse between 1761 and 1766. He married in 1770 and had 12 children, his wife Elizabeth continued his business after he died in 1810 by adding the hallmark Wed (Weduwee, or widow) next to his JHV makers mark (Welz mark 154). The Vos Family produced over 10 Cape Silversmiths between 1748 and 1862 (Heller, History of Cape Silver Vol 1, pg 66-71, and page 269 for a family tree). The 4 dot square punch was also used by Oltman Ahlers (1810 - 1827, Welz mark 2), so he probably either took over the workshop or purchased the equipment from the deceased estate. He could also have apprenticed with Vos. Vos left a rich legacy of silverware behind, including 3 feather edge konfyt forks, now in the Africana Museum, depicted in Cape Silver by Welz (pg 67).
Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Johan Hendrik Vos
Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Johan Hendrik Vos

Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Johan Hendrik Vos
Cape silver hallmarks - Johan Vos

Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Johan Hendrik Vos
Cape silver konfyt fork - back

Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Johan Hendrik Vos
Cape silver - 3 tine fork, wide circular drop

Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Johan Hendrik Vos
Cape silver fork - scale

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