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Cape Silver Kings Pattern Dessert Forks (Two) - Twentyman & Waldek
Reference: S1866
Period: George IV
Year: Circa 1836
Silversmith: Lawrence Twentyman, Fredrik Waldek
Place: Cape
Price: $ 330.00
Weight: 116 grams
Dimensions: 17.7 cm, 16.5 cm
Condition: Excellent, light scratches to back of tines from use.

Description: A set of 2 Cape silver dessert forks in the Kings pattern, one by Lawrence Twentyman and the other by Fredrik Waldek. These forks match S 1864 and S 1865, we have put these 2 together to show an unusual variance in length. Whilst both are Cape Kings pattern dessert forks, they have a 1.2 cm difference in length (the shorter fork is also lighter, 54 vs 62 grammes). The difference is the stem only, the decoration top and bottom is identical, as are the length of tines. It is believed that Twentyman imported dies for Kings pattern to the Cape circa 1830 and that Waldek took over the dies in 1836, but we cannot explain the difference in length, all suggestions welcome. We have carefully studied the forks, there is no evidence they have been lengthened or shortened. The forks are double struck (pattern on both sides), and have the diamond heel, as is usual with Cape silver Kings pattern. Cape silver in Kings pattern is quite rare, it was only produced by these 2 silversmiths, Twentyman and Waldek, who took over Twentyman's business. The hallmarks are very clear on both forks, and include Georgian duty, date letter a and crowned leopard's head on both forks, we believe by the same punches. The Twentyman fork has an additional Lion passant hallmark, both have respective makers marks. The forks have no monograms or engraving, and none has been removed.
Cape Silver Kings Pattern Dessert Forks (Two) - Twentyman & Waldek
Cape silver kings pattern dessert forks - waldek and twentyman

Cape Silver Kings Pattern Dessert Forks (Two) - Twentyman & Waldek
Cape silver kings pattern dessert forks - waldek and twentyman - back

Cape Silver Kings Pattern Dessert Forks (Two) - Twentyman & Waldek
Cape silver kings pattern forks - diamond shell heel

Cape Silver Kings Pattern Dessert Forks (Two) - Twentyman & Waldek
Cape silver kings pattern dessert forks - front

Cape Silver Kings Pattern Dessert Forks (Two) - Twentyman & Waldek
Cape silver kings pattern dessert forks - back

Cape Silver Kings Pattern Dessert Forks (Two) - Twentyman & Waldek
Lawrence Twentyman cape silver pseudo hallmarks

Cape Silver Kings Pattern Dessert Forks (Two) - Twentyman & Waldek
Cape silver dessert fork - note difference in length

Cape Silver Kings Pattern Dessert Forks (Two) - Twentyman & Waldek
Twentyman and Waldek cape silver hallmarks

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