Wendt "Moresque" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
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Seldom found, John Wendt's "Moresque" is the nameplate pattern for the "Persian Revival," or "Moorish," style that was popular in the United States in the 1870's. Some other contemporaneous examples of this motif include Tiffany's and Whiting's "Persian," and Gorham's "Hindostanee."
"Moresque" examples present with slight variations from piece to piece. These variations include the utilization of a plain disc on the handle, set on the front or backside, or on both sides, as is the case with this 8 7/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., berry or serving spoon. Some handle ends are down-turned and some are up-turned. This handle is up-turned and also inscribed with a dramatic "WHL" period monogram on the front.
The oval bowl has a flanged rim, notched shoulders, and is engraved on the interior in a design that mirrors the details of the pattern. It retains slight traces of an original gold wash.
The backside of the handle repeats the pattern from the front and includes the marks "Patent" and "Sterling."
It is in excellent condition. There is no evident wear apart from the loss of gold in the bowl. Pattern definition remains clear and well-defined, and the finish is pleasing.