Wendt "Arabesque" Heavy Sterling Master Butter Knife
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Also known as "Monroe," Wendt's "Arabesque" is a Moresque design that dates from 1870.
This example is a large, 7 7/8" long, heavy at approximately 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife. The large blade has a scalloped upper edge and sweeping lower edge and is set at a ninety degree right angle to the handle. It has a delicate script "HAS" monogram on the front of the handle, and the charming inscription "from Mother" engraved on the backside.
It is in choice condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish has a warm, bright, patina. The blade is free of bends, nicks, burrs, or even noticeable surface scratches.
Marks are "Patent," "925," and the name of the retailer, "Wm. Wilson McGrew" of Cincinnati, Ohio, with dates 1853-75.