THE DIRECTORY OF CAPE SILVERSMITHS
MARKS AND HALLMARKS OF CAPE COLONY SILVER

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ABDOL, Cadier or Kadier
active c. 1850
ABRAHAMS Abraham
active c. 1850
ACKERMAN(N) Christiaan
born 1699 - active until 1850
ACKERMAN) Christiaan
born 1724 - active until 1755
ACKERMAN(N) Christmann Gotthard
born 1705 - dead 1745
ADAMS & DANIEL
active c. 1830
ADAMS Mathew
active c. 1830-1850
AFRICA
active c. 1835
AHLERS or ALDERS Oltman
active 1820s
ARROWSMITH Joseph
active 1827-1841



BACH Christiaan Friedrich
active c. 1750
BAM Johannes Andries
born 1749 - actice c. 1750/1800
BARCH Andreas
active c. 1807/1828 - dead in 1828
BATHES Joseph
active c. 1860
BAUCHIN J.
active c. 1855
BECK LODEWYK WILLWEM CHRISTIAAN
LB mark, Lodewyk Beck, Cape Colony 1850 c. MM and English pseudo-hallmarks mark, Lodewyk Beck, Cape Colony 1855 c. LB and English pseudo-hallmarks mark, Lodewyk Beck, Cape Colony 1847/1867 c.
LB or M M and English pseudo-hallmarks
Most probably the son of Lodewyck Christiaan Willem Beck and Woutrina Catharina de Vos. Known activity as jeveller or goldsmith/jeweller from 1847 to 1867
Cape Colony 1850 c. hallmark
BEETS Daniel
DB mark, Daniel Beets, Cape Colony 1820 c.
DB
The illegitimate son of Balthus Wilhelm Beets of Neubrandenburg and Angana of the Cape. Married Anna Maria Petronella Bedeker in 1794. Documented activity as silversmith from 1812 to 1828
Cape Colony 1820 c. hallmark
BEETS Daniel Godlieb
born c. 1798 - active c. 1836/1855
BEYLEVELD Jan Bernardus
active c. 1830



BEYLEVELD Johannes Hendricus (Jan)
J.B  mark, Jan Beyleveld, Cape Colony 1820 c. J.B and English pseudo Duty mark, Jan Beyleveld, Cape Colony 1820 c.
J.B
Baptized at the Cape on 13 June 1792. The son of Marthinus Beyleveld of Amsterdam and Abigael Johanna Combrink. Married Magdalene Christina Bam, niece of silversmith Johannes Andries Bam. His sister Johanna Cornelia married silversmith Dominique Boudin. Activity as silversmith is documented from 1814 to 1827
Cape Colony 1820 c. hallmark
BLACKBEARD Francis
active c. 1792/1833
BONET Jan
active c. 1770
BOUDLER Henry
active c. 1860
BOULDER George
active c. 1850
BREVIS or BREWIS Jan Casper
born c. 1769 - active c. 1820
BROODRYK Christiaan Wilhelm
norn c. 1764 - apprentice silversmith in 1769
BRUYNS Andries
active c. 1720
BRYANT J.
active c. 1850
BRYANT John William
active c. 1850



BUNNING Johan Anton
active c. 1790
CAUVIN Jean Joseph Louis
active c. 1810
CLEENWERK or KLEENWERK Lodewyk Frederick Godlieb
born c. 1795 - active c.1818/1831
COLE William
born 1797
COLLINET Daniel
DC mark, Daniel Collinet, Cape Colony 1810/1825 c.
active c. 1810/1825
COMBRINK Johannes
IC mark, Johannes Combrink, Cape Colony 1820 c. IC mark, Johannes Combrink, Cape Colony 1820 c. IC mark, Johannes Combrink, Cape Colony 1820 c. IC and English pseudo hallmarksmarks, Johannes Combrink, Cape Colony 1820 c.
IC between two ladders and two shells
The son of Jan (Johannes) Combrink and Johanna Elizabeth Essler, baptized at the Cape on 3 June 1781. Married Aurelia Wilhelmina Lotter (1807). Died 9 November 1853. His son was silversmith/jeweller Johannes Combrink (baptized 1810, dead in 1873).
Cape Colony 1820 c. hallmark
COMBRINK Johannes
born c. 1810 - dead 1873
the son of Johannes Combrink (see above) active c. 1850/1870
COMBRINK Willem Godfried
born c. 1824 - active c. 1838/1866



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CAPE COLONY AND ITS SILVER - A BRIEF HISTORY

allegorical figure of Hope from the seal of the Groote Kerk in Cape Town
In South Africa, the Dutch were the first European colonists. The first Cape settlement was built in 1652 by the Dutch East India Company as a re-supply point and way station for Dutch vessels on their way back and forth between the Netherlands and the East Indies.
The history of Cape Colony started with the founding of Cape Town by Dutch commander Jan van Riebeeck, working for the Dutch East India Company, known in Dutch as the "Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie" (VOC).
In 1795, France occupied the Seven Provinces of the Netherlands, the mother country of the Dutch East India Company. This prompted Great Britain to occupy the territory in 1795 as a way to better control the seas in order stop any potential French attempt to get to India. The Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie transferred its territories and claims to the Batavian Republic (the Revolutionary period Dutch state) in 1798, and ceased to exist in 1799. Improving relations between Britain and Napoleonic France, and its vassal state the Batavian Republic, led the British to hand the Cape Colony over to the Batavian Republic in 1803 (under the terms of the Treaty of Amiens).
In 1806, the Cape, now nominally controlled by the Batavian Republic, was occupied again by the British after their victory in the Battle of Blaauwberg. The temporary peace between Britain and Napoleonic France had crumbled into open hostilities, whilst Napoleon had been strengthening his influence on the Batavian Republic (which Napoleon would subsequently abolish later the same year). The British hoped to keep Napoleon out of the Cape, and to control the Far East trade routes.
They set up a British colony on 8 January, 1806. Cape Colony remained under British rule until the formation of the Union of South Africa in 1910, when it became the Cape of Good Hope Province, better known as the Cape Province.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, some silversmiths in the service of the Dutch East India Company were present in the Cape. The "free" silversmiths had their shops incorporated into their homes, where they were also required to provide accommodation for Company servants on loan to them and apprentices in their service.
ancient map of Cape of Good Hope
Silversmiths continued to trade from their dwellings until the middle of the 19th century when separate business and residential addresses were listed in the directories for the first time.
Many silversmiths' families were linked by marriage. The number of marriages between silversmiths families would suggest that they were a very closely-knit group.
BASIC BIBLIOGRAPHY


- The Silversmiths and the Goldsmiths of the Cape of Good Hope 1625-1850, by Mollie N. Morrison, published by the author, Johannesburg 1936


- Cape Silver and Silversmiths, by Stephan Welz, A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, 1976
The Silversmiths and the Goldsmiths of the Cape of Good Hope 1625-1850, by Mollie N. Morrison Cape Silver and Silversmiths, by Stephan Welz
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