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Starr & Marcus Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife - Moresque Pattern, Wendt, Bernard Beiderhase     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11162
Period: Victorian
Year: 1870-1877
Silversmith: J.R. Wendt & Co.
Place: Boston
Price: $ 140.00
Weight: 47 grams
Dimensions: 20.2 cm
Condition: Excellent.

Description: A beautiful sterling silver master butter knife in the Moresque pattern, made by Wendt of Boston and retailed by Starr & Marcus of 5th Avenue, New York. The butter knife has a twist handle (at 90 degrees to the flat handle version), the blade is engraved with bright cut foliage on one side, on the reverse it is engraved "Christmas 02" (for 1902). It also has engraved initial P in fancy script, the original owner. The Moresque pattern was designed by Bernhard Beiderhase for John Wendt, it was patented in 1873 during the "Persian Revival" period (other patterns include Arabesque, Hinostanee and Persian). It has been described as "one of the nicer American exotic patterns, arguably the most complex". John Wendt has been described as "one of the most important American silversmiths of the mid 19th century", his work is highly collectable. He was a German immigrant, he emigrated to the USA in 1848. The hallmarks are clear, "STARR & MARCUS, STERLING, PATENT". Wendt worked as a manufacturer for prestigious retailers, and did not usually use a makers mark, as is the case with this butter knife. Starr & Marcus worked between 1865 and 1877, they were the retail sales agent for Gorham and a number of other prestigious firms in New York. Their address was Fifth Avenue, Madison Square.
Starr & Marcus Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife - Moresque Pattern, Wendt, Bernard Beiderhase
Starr & Marcus sterling silver master butter knife

Starr & Marcus Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife - Moresque Pattern, Wendt, Bernard Beiderhase
Moresque pattern, Wendt, Bernard Beiderhase

Starr & Marcus Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife - Moresque Pattern, Wendt, Bernard Beiderhase
Moresque pattern, Wendt, initial P

Starr & Marcus Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife - Moresque Pattern, Wendt, Bernard Beiderhase
Starr & Marcus sterling , Christmas

Starr & Marcus Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife - Moresque Pattern, Wendt, Bernard Beiderhase
Starr & Marcus sterling silver master butter knife

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