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18th Century Dutch Silver Hanoverian 3 Pronged Forks - Hendrik Kamerlingh II     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1791
Period: George II
Year: Circa 1730-1740
Silversmith: Hendrik Kamerlingh II
Place: Amsterdam
Price: $ 660.00
Weight: 259 grams
Dimensions: 17.8 cm
Condition: Excellent, slight kink to one tine, some wear from use.

Description: A lovely set of 5 18th century Dutch silver Hanoverian pattern 3 pronged forks, with a matching 6th fork made slightly later by another maker, we assume to replace a loss shortly after they were made. The forks are quite plain and elegant, with turn down ends, and a prominent drop and pip, the "Amsterdam Lofje", characteristic of spoons and forks from Amsterdam. The forks have no engraving or monograms. All the forks have makers mark HK in script for Hendrik Kamerlingh II, who worked between 1730 and 1776, and Amsterdam town mark (crown above 3 crosses). The 6th fork has makers mark HO for Hendrik Overhulsman, who worked between 1790 and 1811, also with Amsterdam town mark. All 6 makers and town marks are slightly squashed, this is usual on 18th century bottom marked flatware as the spoon maker would have re-hammered the stems after return from the assay office, as the stem would bulge when the marks were struck. All 6 forks have an additional hallmark, V in shield under a crown, this is a Dutch tax mark used between 1814 and 1893, so would have been struck later, perhaps on export. Forks with 3 tines date back to the first half of the 18th Century, so we date these forks to early in Kamerlingh's career, circa 1730 to 1740, after around 1740 a 4th tine was added, the version we are familiar with today. The 6th fork by Overhulsman is a very near copy, it is slightly longer (18.2 cm) but otherwise identical in style.
18th Century Dutch Silver Hanoverian 3 Pronged Forks - Hendrik Kamerlingh II
18th century dutch silver hanoverian 3 pronged forks - hendrik kamerlingh

18th Century Dutch Silver Hanoverian 3 Pronged Forks - Hendrik Kamerlingh II
Amsterdam lofje, back of 18th century dutch silver forks

18th Century Dutch Silver Hanoverian 3 Pronged Forks - Hendrik Kamerlingh II
Dutch silver 3 tine fork

18th Century Dutch Silver Hanoverian 3 Pronged Forks - Hendrik Kamerlingh II
Hendrik Kamerlingh II amsterdam hallmarks, dutch tax mark V CROWN

18th Century Dutch Silver Hanoverian 3 Pronged Forks - Hendrik Kamerlingh II
Hendrik overhulsman, dutch silver hallmarks

18th Century Dutch Silver Hanoverian 3 Pronged Forks - Hendrik Kamerlingh II
18th century nederlandse zilver vorken

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