Sunday, March 23, 2014

Caddy Spoons (Part II) - The Eagle's Wing

The most desired of the Caddy Spoons!

Caddy spoons, originally used for scooping tea out of Tea Caddies, are a popular collecting area in silver.  (For an earlier post about caddy spoons, click here - Caddy Spoons).  Among the rarest and most collectable of the caddy spoons is a stunning one called the Eagle's Wing Caddy Spoon.  The spoon was first made in Birmingham by Joseph Willmore and Matthew Linwood around 1815-40.  It was produced again by George Unite around 1865.  It has also been reproduced a number of times since then in the twentieth century.

This is one of the originals, made by Joseph Willmore.
This was sold by Bonhams in 2005 for £2,400! 

What do you think?  Is it worth all the fuss?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Australian Silversmiths - J.M Wendt (Part II)

A couple years ago, I posted about Adelaide's most prolific silversmith, J.M Wendt.  In that post, I showed pictures of two of his serviette rings.  Following I've posted a number of further examples.  As you can, he produced a variety of different types and used a number of different maker's marks.  These all date from the 1880s-1890s.

A lovely example of the Aesthetic movement. Circe 1880

One modelled on a belt bucket.  These are among the most collectable

Bright-cut engraving of leaves on this one.  And note this is while he had shops in
Adelaide and Broken Hill.  c.1890

An bright-cut pattern.

Plain serviette rings, but what great initialling!

Another example showing influence from the Aesthetic Movement.