Wendt "Medallion" with Twist Handle Cheese Scoop
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Wendt's "Medallion" was one of the most highly regarded of this genre of designs produced by numerous silver manufacturers in the 1860s. The portraiture is of a youthful, helmeted male warrior set in a knob-end oval with a lined backdrop.
This example is a large, 8 1/2" long, heavy, approximately 2.3 T. oz., cheese scoop. It has a twist stem and broad, swooping scoop. This possesses a robust quality, with a thick shank, and strongly defined detailing.
It is in excellent condition. The figure remains sharply defined, with minimal polishing wear. The finish is lustrous and the scoop is free of bends, nicks, or burrs.
Wendt is strongly associated with New York City retailer "Ball, Black & Co," and this is so marked, along with the word "Patent." It does not have a standard mark, and while this pattern is usually found in sterling, this may be coin instead.