Large sterling & gilt ladle, John Wendt Ribbon pattern, c. 1875, retailed by Newell Mattson

This is a fantastic sterling ladle in the Ribbon pattern by John Wendt. Wendt started working in Boston around 1850 and later moved to New York. The ‘Ribbon’ pattern is an unusual design of intricate decoration portraying ribbon going through two clasps, one of which has the monogram ETL. The bowl is beautifully gilt with a matte finish.

The back is stamped with the retailer ‘NMATSON&CO’ for Newell Matson, along with ‘STERLING/ PATENT’. John Wendt silver is usually unmarked and identified by his unique patterns.

The ladle measures 13 inches long, and is in excellent condition; the gilt is very crisp.