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John Wendt 'Ribbon' Pattern Antique Sterling Silver Olive Serving Set, NYC, c. 1875

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Olive sets are quite rare to find together after all these years. 'Ribbon' is an unusual design of intricate decoration portraying ribbon going through a couple of clasps. The larger clasps are engraved with an 'S' initial. The bowl of the spoon has a gilt, matte finish and is pierced and hand engraved with foliate accents. The fork has a gilt matte finish and hand engraved decoration

John Rudolph Wendt, a German immigrant, started working as a silversmith in Boston in the 1840's, moved to New York in 1860 and became the principal silversmith to Ball, Black & Co., the finest jewelers in New York City before Tiffany & Co. took that mantle in the 1870s. When this pattern was patented in 1875, he was in partnership with Charles Witteck who was assigned this design patent.

Provenance: From the collection of Dale E. Bennett

Literature: "A History of American Pickle Servers" in Silver Magazine, January/ February 2007, illustrated p. 39.

The backs of the fork and spoon are stamped '925/ PATENT' and 'STERLING/ PATENT' respectively. Wendt silver is usually unmarked and identified by his unique patterns. They measure 7.75 and 8 inches long respectively, weigh a combined 1.45 troy ounces and are in excellent antique condition.