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Cape Silver Lemoen Lepel and Konfyt Fork (Orange Spoon and Preserve Fork) - Pair, Johannes Combrink
Reference: S1812
Period: George III
Year: 1814-1820
Silversmith: Johannes Combrink
Place: Cape
Price: $ 1 400.00
Weight: 31 grams
Dimensions: 14.7 cm
Condition: Excellent, small ding and light scratches to bowl.

Description: A rare Cape Silver lemoen lepel (orange spoon) and matching konfyt fork (preserve), we have not encountered a matching set before, none are recorded in the Cape silver reference books. The spoon is the traditional elegant lemoen lepel shape, with narrow, pointed boat shaped bowl, v shaped drop, and triangular terminal. The matching fork has 4 tines, both feature traditional Cape prick engraving with a 4 petalled flower. Both are clearly hallmarked with makers mark IC in rectangular punch with canted corners for Johannes Combrink, and also are punched with initials IFS, we assume the original owner. Welz describes orange spoons as"probably the most attractive type of spoon made at the Cape, derived from Dutch spoons", pg 95. He also notes that all known examples are by Cape born silversmiths of the early 19th century (so not made by the more prolific English immigrants who arrived after 1815). Heller, in his book History of Cape Silver, describes orange spoons as "exquisite". Johannes Combrink of the famous Combrink family of Cape silversmiths, worked between 1814 and 1853, we assume he made these early in his career, between 1814 and 1820.
Cape Silver Lemoen Lepel and Konfyt Fork (Orange Spoon and Preserve Fork) - Pair, Johannes Combrink
Cape silver lemoen lepel and matching konfyt fork - Johannes Combrink

Cape Silver Lemoen Lepel and Konfyt Fork (Orange Spoon and Preserve Fork) - Pair, Johannes Combrink
Cape silver engraving - flower, wrigglework

Cape Silver Lemoen Lepel and Konfyt Fork (Orange Spoon and Preserve Fork) - Pair, Johannes Combrink
Johannes Combrink makers mark - Cape Silver

Cape Silver Lemoen Lepel and Konfyt Fork (Orange Spoon and Preserve Fork) - Pair, Johannes Combrink
Cape silver spoon and fork - back

Cape Silver Lemoen Lepel and Konfyt Fork (Orange Spoon and Preserve Fork) - Pair, Johannes Combrink
Cape silver - v drop

Cape Silver Lemoen Lepel and Konfyt Fork (Orange Spoon and Preserve Fork) - Pair, Johannes Combrink
Cape silver hallmarks - owner IFS

Cape Silver Lemoen Lepel and Konfyt Fork (Orange Spoon and Preserve Fork) - Pair, Johannes Combrink
Cape silver lemoen (orange) spoon - bowl shape

Cape Silver Lemoen Lepel and Konfyt Fork (Orange Spoon and Preserve Fork) - Pair, Johannes Combrink
Cape silver spoon and fork - scale

Cape Silver Lemoen Lepel and Konfyt Fork (Orange Spoon and Preserve Fork) - Pair, Johannes Combrink
Cape silver lemoen lepel with S1811 - FOR COMPARISON ONLY

Cape Silver Lemoen Lepel and Konfyt Fork (Orange Spoon and Preserve Fork) - Pair, Johannes Combrink
S 1812 with S 1811 - FOR COMPARISON ONLY

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