Video courtesy of SABC 3 and Expresso TV.
Items on the show:
ART GLASS VASE –This is a two colour 1950’s press moulded glass vase from Czechoslovakia. It is unsigned. The value is between R2000.00 and R4000.00.
LALIQUE VASE –This vase is by renowned French maker Rene Lalique. It is signed “R.Lalique Made in France” on the base and this design, No 952, is named “Palmes” and dates from 1925. The value is between R30 000.00 and R40 000.00.
MOORCROFT DISH -This dish is also tube lined and again made in England. It is a Moorcroft dish by Walter Moorcroft. This pattern is “Wisteria” and dates from 1945- 1949. It is signed on the back and there is a large body of collectors both here and in the United Kingdom who collect it. This is worth between R5000.00 and R6000.00.
MALING BOWL -This bowl is by an English factory named Maling & Sons and dates from 1949-1963. We get this from the makers mark on the back. The process of decoration on the front is known as tube lining. Value here is R800.00 to R1000.00.
CAPE SILVER SPOON – This spoon was made in South Africa in the Cape in about 1820. The maker was Johannes Combrink who had a workshop in Dorp Street, Cape Town. He was an exceptional craftsman and when you turn the spoon over, we can see his initials “IC” stamped onto the back. As there was no central hallmarking authority in South Africa at that time all he could do was mark his work in this way. Silverware by Cape silversmiths has always been hard to find but as they were made here it is still possible to turn them up. As for value it would retail for between R4000.00 and R6000.00.
SILVER SPOON – This is a solid silver spoon. When you turn it over it has a series of marks known as the hallmark. This example was made in England in London in 1896. Hallmarked silver such as this is sterling silver that has been tested by a controlling body, normally state related, and then marked as to its purity. This spoon would be worth between R400.00 and R600.00.
SILVER PLATE SPOON – In the 1830s the process of Electroplating of base metals such as copper, brass and pewter was developed and perfected. It meant that a spoon such as this could be made in a cheap base metal and a thin covering of silver produced a finish that was as good as a solid silver version but at a much lower price. Generally on the back you will find various marks that tell you precisely what it is. This example says “Elkington Plate”. It is interesting to note that Elkington’s were the main pioneers of the electro plating process in the 1840’s and produced silverware for the next hundred years. As for value this type of spoon would be worth between R20.00 and R40.00.