Souvenir spoon with cockatoo finial

Made by Wendt, Joachim Matthias in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1895-1905.

This hand crafted silver spoon belongs to the collection of silver and EPNS (electroplated nickel silver) tableware, trophies, napkin rings and spoons made and/or used in Australia between the 1890s and 1950s. Presented to the Museum in 2002, the collection was assembled in the 1980s by Dr G W Kenneth Cavill, an Emeritus Professor of the University of New South Wales. In his retirement, Professor Cavill has researched and published the histories of notable early 20th century silverware manufactu...


Spoon, souvenir with cockatoo finial, silver gilt, made by J M Wendt, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1890s - 1905

A small hand crafted silver gilt spoon with a plain oval bowl, twisted stem and a die-struck finial in the form of a cockatoo sitting on a perch. Marked on back of bowl: 'BASSE' and 'SILVER'.


23 mm
6 mm


Most probably designed and made in the workshop of J M Wendt in Adelaide about 1900.

Joachim Mathias Wendt (1830-1917) arrived in Australia in 1854. He established Wendt Jewellers in Adelaide in 1854 and began a career of over 30 years as a leading retailer and manufacturer of jewellery and silver. By 1887 Wendt's Rundle Street business was employing 12 craftspeople and assistants. Wendt retired in 1903 and the business was taken over by his Jule and stepson Herman Koeppen Wendt.

Retailed by F Basse & Co.
Wendt, Joachim Matthias 1895-1905


Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program by Professor Kenneth Cavill through, 2002
18 July, 2002

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