John Wendt 'Ribbon' Pattern Antique Sterling Silver Fish Server, NYC, c. 1875
John Rudolph Wendt started working in Boston in the 1840s 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 'GWJ' monogram. The blade has a gilt, matte finish and beautiful foliate engraved decoration.
Provenance: From the collection of Dale E. Bennett
The back of this lovely serving scoop is stamped 'STERLING/ PATENT' and by the NYC retailer 'STARR & MARCUS.' Wendt silver is usually unmarked and identified by his unique patterns. It measures 10.75 inches long, weighs 3.25 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.