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Silverpath

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iconnumber posted 12-27-2020 02:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silverpath     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've seen multiple examples of hollowware with a Mercury medallion, all likely by Wendt with assorted retailers. I own several, pictured below, and a dealer site where two others have been sold (a tureen and another similar mug) commented also on the similar medallion in different sizes. I've seen another large Mercury tureen retailed by Starr and Marcus. Soeffing's book doesn't mention Mercury on Wendt's flatware. Have others seen examples of Wendt's Mercury medallion? Here's a pickle dish with mice, an unusual butter dish with rotating lid, and a mug. The mug is marked only 925/1000 in a shield.








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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 12-28-2020 12:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A search of "John Wendt (attr.) Antique Sterling Silver Figural Medallion Tureen, retailed by Ball, Black & Co, New York City, c. 1865" shows one with cows and your Mercury medallion.
You have some wonderful examples.
Last year we had a problem with live mice and I am not sure I am ready to have silver ones; no matter how cute they are.
Do you know if Wendt sold retail or did he always sell to other dealers.

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Silverpath

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iconnumber posted 12-28-2020 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silverpath     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your thoughts, ahwt. The tureen you mention is magnificent; it was at the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show a few years ago. Wendt did produce other medallion hollowware such as tea sets with helmet finials for Ball, Black & Co but those feature smaller medallions. He appears to have used the flashy Mercury medallion on special pieces.

Mice are an odd decoration for tableware! The mice on this pickle dish are almost life size (body 1.75 in and > 3 inches with wavy tail) and extraordinarily detailed. A fun SSF post in 2015 (I don't know how to link to it) showed a number of Gorham mice and I have a few others but Gorham's mice seem more subtle. And cute little mice on cheese scoops are in context.

Wendt sold through a number of retailers, coast to coast, including his significant relationship with Ball Black & Co. It doesn't appear from the rarity of his W&Co mark that he sold retail.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-28-2020 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you like mice you might like Anniversary cheese scoop

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Silverpath

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iconnumber posted 12-28-2020 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silverpath     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, they're the mice in context smile Wonderful and unique piece. The silversmith's behind the scenes slide show is amazing.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 12-28-2020 07:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

My wife collects mice and I am sure she would love to add more to her collections.
The dealer that had the cup that you showed I believe was the son of antiques dealers in St. Louis that we loved to buy from when we lived there.
I must say looking at things on the internet is not at all as much fun as going to shows and shops.
Thanks for the information about how Wendt sold his wares. He was one of the best.

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Silverpath

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iconnumber posted 12-28-2020 11:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silverpath     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for sharing! Your wife has a charming collection. I'll see if I can photograph a few more rodents this week smile

You are correct, the mug (and many other wonderful things) came from St Louis. I have seen two of these mugs.

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iconnumber posted 01-02-2021 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm no help, but those mice are adorable! I love Wendt.

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Silverpath

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iconnumber posted 01-02-2021 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silverpath     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Polly.
More silver mice, ahwt, although none are Wendt-

Janna Christmas Mouse

Gorham Mouse Teaset

Finial Gorham Mouse Teaset

Tiffany Deco Mouse

Tiffany Mustard Spoon Mouse

Mailbox Mouse

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 01-03-2021 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonderful examples.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 01-03-2021 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Love those! Especially the Gorham tea set.

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Silverpath

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iconnumber posted 01-03-2021 02:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silverpath     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks June and Polly!
The Gorham tea set is tiny. The teapot is 4.5 inches tall and the mice finials are ~3/4 inch long.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 01-04-2021 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for sharing all these beautiful items. I love the mustard spoon mouse in the mouth of an owl.
In our last home we had the "pleasure" of watching owls hunt in our back yard. I did not see them catch mice, but they did have good dinners on some of our fish.

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Silverpath

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iconnumber posted 01-04-2021 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silverpath     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, I love the owl, too and recently found the scarcer penguin with a mustard spoon fish.
I didn't realize owls liked fish although google mentions a couple of Fish/Fishing owl species. I guess like most birds owls are opportunists.

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