J.R. WENDT 'RIBBON' STERLING TEASPOONS (6)
John R. Wendt trained for his craft in Germany before moving to Boston, and around 1860 to New York in order to provide silver largely to Ball, Black & Co. His patterns were creative and his work excellent. 'Ribbon' was introduced ca. 1870, using a variety of delicate design elements that seem to layer the length of the upper handle like 'ribbons' which are held in place with two bands and terminate under a small bead. Condition is good – there is no softening of the pattern, no bending in the handles, no unwanted scratches or projections. The bowls show no thinning, but a couple of them have very minor dents; scratching is limited to expected polishing, and nothing stands out. A small and delicate JF monogram is in the roundel of the larger band. The 6 teaspoons are 5-7/8 in. long and weigh 170 g. Wendt very rarely marked his silver; the only words are 'patent,' 'sterling,' and the name of the retailer, JE Caldwell.