John Wendt 'Ribbon' Pattern Antique Sterling Silver Berry Scoop, NYC, c. 1875
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.
'Ribbon' is an unusual design of intricate decoration portraying ribbon going through a couple of clasps. The larger clasp is engraved with a 'D' initial. The blade has a gilt, matte finish and aesthetic movement engraved decoration.
Provenance: From the collection of Dale E. Bennett
Literature: "A History of Ice Cream and Its Servers" in Silver Magazine, July/ August 2005, illustrated p. 29
The back of this lovely serving scoop is stamped 'STERLING/ PATENT.' Wendt silver is usually unmarked and identified by his unique patterns. It measures 9 inches long, weighs 2.45 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.