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Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Johann Voigt     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1787
Period: George III
Year: Circa 1791
Silversmith: Johann Voigt (Possibly)
Place: Cape
Price: $ 390.00
Weight: 12 grams
Dimensions: 12.2 cm
Condition: Excellent. Slight wear to feather edge.

Description: A Cape silver konfyt fork, in the Old English pattern with feather edge decoration and 3 tines, dating it around 1790 to 1800. The fork is struck with a makers mark only, i:V:G in an unusual shaped punch, which moulds around the dotted i. This mark is well struck, and is clearly different from the I:VG mark depicted in Cape Silver by Welz (mark 170, pg 158), the key differences being the shaped punch above i and the second : between the V and G. Welz describes this maker as unknown, but Heller (History of Cape Silver Vol I, pg 163) lists this maker as Johann Voigt? Both authors depict a different IVG punch from this one, with an additional fish hallmark (see our tablespoon S 1571 by the same maker to see the different punch and fish hallmark). Overall we agree with Welz and are not convinced by the attribution to Voigt, it seems far more likely to belong to a "van G" maker (for example van Graan, a known Cape name). Overall an interesting hallmark that requires further research. Note - a matching konfyt fork by the same maker is also available (S 1788). Morrison, in her book Silversmiths of the Cape of Good Hope (1936) records Christina Voigt applying for Burgher papers in 1791 for her son "a silversmith", his father arrived from Luxemburg in 1783 (page 65). Welz (Cape Silver and Silversmiths, 1976) records a 18th century teapot "with unusually large and clumsy spout" by unknown maker IVG, currently in Africana Museum, depicted on page 106. David Heller, in the book "History of Cape Silver", depicts this mark on page 164, mark AMM20, under additional makers marks, attributed to Johann Voigt?.
Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Johann Voigt
Cape silver konfyt fork - Johan Voigt

Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Johann Voigt
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Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Johann Voigt
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Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Johann Voigt
Johan Voigt cape silver makers mark - i:V:G

Cape Silver Konfyt Fork - Johann Voigt
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