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John Wendt Antique Sterling Silver 'Bird' Pie Server, NYC, c. 1870s

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John Wendt made some wonderful silver and his 'Bird' pattern is no exception. The exotic pattern is that of a bird among foliage reaching towards a cluster of berries. The back of the handle is engraved 'MGP'.

The blade is also stunning with its matte finish and light gilding. Radiating flutes and engraved flora create a wonderful scene.   

Bird was one of the first American flatware patterns in the Japanese taste, similar to Tiffany's Japanese pattern (the first) and Wood & Hughes's Japanese pattern. It is rarely seen on the market today, especially in this wonderful crisp condition.

This stunning server is marked marked on the back 'STERLING/ PATENT' and by the great New York City retailer 'BALL, BLACK & Co'. It measures 9.75 inches long, weighs 3.5 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.

Provenance: From the collection of Dale E. Bennett