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

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VAN LAAR Jacobus
active c. 1760
VAN PAPENDORP Pieter
active c. 1770
VERMEULEN M.
active c. 1820
VICTOR Jacobus Daniel
born c. 1795 - active c. 1829/1837
VIPPOND Richard
active c. 1830/1860
VIPPOND W.A.
active c. 1850
VOS Coenraad
active c. 1850s
VOS Daniel
active c. 1850s
VOS Dirk Johannes Aspeling
active c. 1850s/1870s



VOS Johan Hendrik
born c. 1749 - active c. 1760/1810
VOS Widow Johan Hendrik
active c. 1810
VOS Johan Hendrik
born c. 1806 - active c. 1830s/1840s
VOS Jacobus Johannes
born c. 1785 - active c. 1800
VOS Jacobus Johannes
JJV Jacobus Johannes Vos, Cape Colony, c. 1851
son of Jacobus Johannes (1785) - active c. 1840/1880
VOS Jacobus Johannes
JJV in script and English pseudo-hallmarks mark, Jacobus Johannes Vos , Cape Colony 1860 c.
JJV in script and English pseudo-hallmarks
The son of Willem Godfried Vos and Josina Maria Endrina de Villiers. Born at the Cape in 1834. Died 19 October 1861
Cape Colony 1860 c. hallmark
VOS Michiel Christiaan
born c. 1759 - active c. 1780/1825



WALDEK FREDERIK
FW mark, Fredrik Waldek, Cape Colony 1830 c. FW mark, Fredrik Waldek, Cape Colony 1850 c. FW mark, Fredrik Waldek, Cape Colony 1850 c.
FW and English pseudo-hallmarks
Born at the Cape. The son of Johannes Waldek of Immenhausen in Hesse-Kassel and Dorothea Florentina Jensen or Jansen of the Cape. He had two brothers, Jacobus Petrus (1815-1837) and Christiaan Isaac (1817-1837) who were also jewellers
Cape Colony 1830 c. hallmark
Cape Colony 1850 c. hallmark
WHILEY William
active c. 1830s/1850s
WHITELEY William
active c. 1820
WILLIAMS William Ferrant
active c. 1855



WOLFF or WULFF Johan Heinrich
active c. 1800
WOLFF Pieter
active c. 1815
WOLFSGRUBER Joseph
active c. 1760
WOLHUTER Andries Jacobus (Jr)
active c. 1850
WOLHUTER Georg Egbertus
born c. 1792 - active c. 1820s
WOLHUTER Frans Xaverius Aurnhamer
active c. 1850



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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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