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

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DANIEL Peter Clarke
PD and English pseudo-hallmarks mark, Peter Clarke Daniel, Cape Colony 1850 c.
PD and English pseudo hallmarks
Son of Peter Clarke Daniel (born in Dublin in 1777) he arrived in South Africa in 1820 together with his parents. He was registered as Adams and Daniel Jewellers & C. (1837), jeweller and watchmaker (1838-1839), goldsmith and jeweller (1849-1850), member of E. Massey & Co (1851-1852). He died 1863 c.
Cape Colony 1850 c. hallmark
DANIEL Peter Clarke
son of Peter Clarke (1777) - active c.1837/1863
DE KOCK Arend Josias
born c. 1810 - active 1830s
DE LA HAYE Jean
active in 1691
DE VRYE Louis Balthasar
active 1850s
DOLLIE Ganie
active c. 1854/1869
DOLLY
active c. 1830
DREIJER or DREYER Andries
active c. 1750s
DRITSELAAR or TRITSELAAR Christoffel
active 1690s



DU MOULIN Dominique Baudouin
DBD between two stars  mark, DU MOULIN Dominique Baudouin, Cape Colony  1830 c.
active 1831/1833
DU MOULIN Dominique Joseph
active 1834/1844
EGT Daniel
active c. 1660/1670
EMMERICH Johann
active c. 1710
FELIX Abraham Jacobus (Jr)
active c. 1834/1852
FEYT or VIEDT Coenraad Hendrik
active c. 1683/1727
FICKER DAVID
active c. 1750/1790
FLEISCHER Bonaventura
active 1794/1813
FOUSON A.J.
active c. 1800
FREEMANTLE Samuel
active c. 1837/1850
FUCHS Heinrich
active c. 1750
GAFFODIO Paolo
active c. 1855/1870
GARISH C.
active c. 1830



GAUGAIN George
active c. 1857
GAUGAIN James
active c. 1850
GAUGAIN John Thomas
active c. 1855
GAUGAIN Philip
active c. 1860
GAUGAIN Philip John
active c. 1848/1853
GRANGER William
active c. 1847/1876
GREGERSON John
active c. 1830
HANSON J.H.
active c. 1835



HASSE Johann
active c. 1750/1780
HAUSENIUS Georg Friedrich
active c. 1790s
HECHT Daniel
active c. 1660/1670
HEEGERS Johannes Jacobus
born 1778 - active c. 1815/1830
HENDRIXCZ Jan
active c. 1700
HERMAN(N) Frederik Lambertus
born c. 1778 - active c. 1810
HEYSENIUS Georg Friedrich
active c. 1790s
HILLEGERS Frans
active c. 1800
HITZEROTH F.
active c. 1830
HOCKLY Daniel
active c. 1820s



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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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