John Rudolph Wendt started working in Boston in the 1840's and later moved to New York. When this pattern was patented in 1875, he was in partnership with Charles Witteck who was assigned this design patent. The 'Ribbon' pattern is an unusual design of intricate decoration portraying ribbon going through a couple clasps. The larger clasp is engraved with a script 'AJF' monogram. The round bowl has five flutes and is pierced with circles and floral design.
The back of this lovely sifter is stamped 'STERLING/ PATENT'. Wendt silver is usually unmarked and identified by his unique patterns. It measures 7.5 inches long, weighs 2.10 troy ounces and is in very good antique condition with even wear to the gilding in the bowl.
Provenance: From the collection of Dale E. Bennett