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Cape Silver Dessert Spoon - Johannes Lotter     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1807
Period: George III
Year: Circa 1800
Silversmith: Johannes Casparus Lotter
Place: Cape
Price: $ 230.00
Weight: 39 grams
Dimensions: 17.0 cm
Condition: Good, slight kink to stem.

Description: An early Cape silver Fiddle pattern dessert spoon, by one of the most highly renowned Cape Silversmiths, Johannes Casparus Lotter (I). The spoon has an engraved family crest of a bird (possibly a dove), this is well engraved. The hallmarks are excellent, and include makers mark .JCL struck twice in between 3 floral devices with 7 petals. This particular combination of marks is not illustrated by Welz in his book Cape Silver and Silversmiths, it is a combination of marks 76 (a distinctive .JCL maker mark), only used by Johannes Casparus Lotter (I), and mark 78, where the 7 petal floral device is used by his son Johannes Casparus Lotter (II). These hallmarks are particularly well struck, so much so that damage to the bottom left corner of the makers mark punch .JCL can clearly be seen. This leads us to believe the punch was well worn, and given this is a Fiddle pattern spoon we can assume this spoon was made towards the end of his career. Given the floral device has only been recorded in work by his son Johannes Casparus Lotter (II), it also indicates a period during transition from Father to Son. Johannes Lotter (I) was born in the Cape in 1737, he apprenticed under Johann Hasse, his step-father. He was the first of the Lotter family of silversmiths, with 3 generations and over 10 different Lotter's practicing as silversmiths in the Cape (David Heller, History of Cape Silver, pg 268 for family tree). Heller placed Lotter (I) amongst his list of the best Cape silversmiths.
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