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2002/81/2 Napkin ring, sterling silver, J. M. Wendt, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1880 - 1897. Click to enlarge.

Silver napkin ring

Made
This napkin ring 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 and 1990s by Professor 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 Australian …

Summary

Object No.

2002/81/2

Object Statement

Napkin ring, sterling silver, J. M. Wendt, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1880 - 1897

Physical Description

Napkin ring, sterling silver, J. M. Wendt, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1880 - 1897

Circular band with ornate engraved decoration on one side of two conjoined diamonds enclosing initials WW with floral frame each side. Engraved boarder around top and bottom edge.

Stamped marks on interior 'J.M WENDT / JEWELLE[RY] / ADELAIDE / & / BROKEN HILL', also three British-style pseudo hallmarks

Marks

Marks on interior 'J.M WENDT / JEWELLE[RY] / ADELAIDE / & / BROKEN HILL', also three British-style pseudo hallmarks

Dimensions

Height

34 mm

Production

Notes

Jochim 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.

History

Notes

Collected by Professor Kenneth Cavill

Source

Credit Line

Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Professor Kenneth Cavill, 2002

Acquisition Date

5 August 2002

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Wikipedia

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