John Wendt 'Moresque' Pattern Antique Sterling Silver Jelly Set, NYC, c. 1870's
John Wendt and Bernhard Beiderhase made some wonderful silver and this set is no exception. Aspic and jellies were considered delicacies and this set is quite rare. The set consists of a small jelly server and six spoons and can be used for multiple purposes. 'Moresque' is one of the nicer American exotic patterns and one of our favorites. It is a lovely ornamented design on both the front and back of the handles with the fronts having a blank engraved with the initial 'L'. Exotic engraving decorates the blade of the server and beautiful gilding covers both sides of the blade and bowls of the spoons.
The 'Moresque' pattern was patented October 18, 1873 by Bernhard D. Beiderhase, a silversmith associated with Wendt's shop and who would ultimately be his successor after Wendt's retirement in the early 1870s (precise date unknown).
Provenance: Collection of Dale E. Bennett
This exceptional set is marked on the back 'PATENT/ STERLING'. The server measures 7.25 inches long and the combined weight is 4.20 troy ounces. The silver is in excellent antique condition. The box exhibits wear, staining to the interior silk fabric and the racking is loose. Underneath the box is an original tag which reads 'jelly knife and spoons'.