Mint Wendt "Bird" Sterling Silver Tablespoon
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Dating from 1872, John Wendt's "Bird" stands alongside Tiffany's "Audubon" and two designs both named "Japanese," one made respectively by Whiting and the other by Wood & Hughes. They all incorporate bird images that embrace the aesthetic sensibilities of the period. Wendt's imagery is particularly detailed and intricately rendered.
This example is an 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.5 T. oz., table or serving spoon in exceptionally fine condition. The imagery is sharp and crisp and free of any polishing wear. The bowl is perfectly shaped and absent dings, dents, or burrs, showing only light surface scratches consistent with age. The backside of the handle has an handsome, period "SB" monogram.
Marks are "Sterling,""Patent," and the name of the retailer, Milwaukee's "Preusser & Bro."