Learn about Joachim Matthias Wendt

In many respects the history of Wendt's is a potted history of Australian gold and silver smithing. State directories of the late 1800s show that they sold watches, jewellery, rings, trophies, church plate, optical goods and electroplate. They also repaired watches and jewellery.

Joachim Matthias Wendt arrived in Port Adelaide in 1854, just 18 years after the foundation of South Australia. He was born in 1830 in Denmark. His mother died when he was nine years of age, leaving his father to look after him and two sisters. Joachim became a watchmaker's apprentice.

He brought these skills to South Australia, quickly opening a small watchmaking and jewellery shop in Pirie Street, Adelaide. Business was good and so he soon moved to better premises in Rundle Street.

Wendt's soon became recognised as a top quality shop. The jewellery, silverware, watches and clocks were equal to the best which were imported. In 1864 and 1865 Joachim received first prizes at a Scottish exhibition. In 1871, Wendt's was selected to make silverware caskets featuring Australian motifs for the Duke of Edinburgh, who was visiting Adelaide and other towns. more...

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An Australian gold and turquoise bangle by Wendt, the circular bangle having engraved decoration and set throughout with turquoise, in rose gold.

Important J.M. Wendt (South Australian) 15ct yellow gold brooch set with two scarab beetles, hallmarked with safety chain

An antique Australian gem-set Federation brooch by Wendt, comprising twelve old European cut diamonds totalling 1.40cts, interspaced by a row of six round rubies and six round sapphires, signed Wendt, all mounted in 18ct gold, circa 1900.

Victorian diamond ring. An 18ct yellow gold half hoop ring set with four old mine cut diamonds in a platinum setting, approximately 0.50cts. Colour J, Clarity SI2 hallmarked Wendts

An antique Australian mother of pearl and gold brooch by Wendt, the curved mother of pearl panel centrally set with a gold flower and mounted in an elaborate gold frame with bloomed finish, in 15ct gold, signed J.M.W. Circa 1870

Australian gold J. Wendt military forces cufflinks, from Commonwealth Military Forces, 9ct.

An antique 15 carat rose gold linged bangle set with large amethyst, stamped J.M Wendt, in original Wendts box

Two antique brooches, both Edwardian, one 9ct yellow gold hallmarked by Wendt, designed as a curved bar of graduating size, seed pearl set with an overlaid spray of fine gold rails terminating in a cluster of red paste stones, along with a 15ct yellow gold

An Australian 9ct yellow gold aquamarine necklace one round aquamarine measuring 7mm, one oval aquamarine measuring 8mm x 6mm, made by J.M Wendt, Adelaide.

An Australian 18ct yellow gold and platinum diamond ring one brilliant round cut diamond, 0.15ct, made by Wendts, Adelaide

An Australian 9ct yellow gold cameo brooch a shell cameo in white and tan, made by J.M Wendt, Adelaide. As seen in Australian Jewellers by Cavill, Cocks and Grace, plate number 308

An Australian 15ct yellow gold engraved lozenge bar brooch made by J.M Wendt, Adelaide

An Australian 9ct yellow gold smokey quartz brooch one oval smokey quartz measuring 17mm x 13mm, made by J.M Wendt, Adelaide. As seen in Australian Jewellers by Cavill, Cocks and Grace, plate number 308

An Australian 9ct yellow gold circle and twist chain made by J.M Wendt, Adelaide total weight: 41.2grams

An Australian 15ct yellow gold cameo brooch made by J.M Wendt, Adelaide

An Australian pair of 9ct yellow gold Australian Commonwealth military Forces cufflinks made by Wendts, Adelaide

An Australian 18ct yellow gold and platinum ruby and diamond ring two round rubies with six old mine cut diamonds, made by Wendts, Adelaide

An Australian 9ct yellow and white gold opal ring one round crystal opal, made by Wendts, Adelaide

An Australian ruby and diamond ring with a band ring one 15ct yellow gold ruby and two old cut diamond ring, made by Stevenson, Adelaide with one 18ct yellow gold band ring made by Wendt, Adelaide

An Australian 9ct yellow gold handpainted porcelain brooch Australian wild flower, made by Wendt, Adelaide

An Australian 9ct yellow gold opal brooch a bar brooch set with one slightly off oval crystal opal measuring 3 cm x 2 cm with green, red play of colour, made by J.M. Wendt, Adelaide.

An Australian 9ct yellow gold citrine stick pin one oval citrine, measuring 10mm x 7mm, possibly made by J. M. Wendt, Adelaide.

18ct white gold ring set with central pearl and cluster of diamonds by Wendts

South Australian Colonial 18ct yellow gold. Diamond and sapphire ring, by Joachim Matthias Wendt (1830-7 to 1917), the ring is set with a central diamond flanked by two, blue sapphires. stamped '18ct' & 'Wendt'

Two pairs of sleeve-links and an Australian 9ct rose gold stud, Wendt. (3)

An Australian 18ct yellow gold three diamond ring by Joachim Matthias Wendt of Adelaide, c.1913, set with three old brilliant cut diamonds, with makers mark 'Wendt'. engraved with date 10.12.13

South Australian style Colonial malachite brooch, c.1870- attributed to Joachim Matthias Wendt 18ct yellow gold (tested), decorated with flowers and leaves length 43mm. Note: See similar example page 57, Australian jewellery by Anne Schofield

A South Australian Colonial fob chain by Wendt Adelaide, c. 1880's 9ct yellow gold stamped J.M.W. 'Joachim Matthias Wendt' length: 32.5 cm with attached 9ct gold and enamel Bishops fob total weight: 32 grams

A 9ct yellow gold turquoise ring by joachim Matthias Wendt the oval shaped turquoise is bezel set upon shoulders with an embossed floral design. Stamped with makers mark J.M.W. in original box

A South Australian Colonial brooch, c. 1870 9ct yellow gold and malachite, decorated in leaves and flowers. Attributed to Joachim Matthias Wendt length: 5.5 cm;. Height 4.1 cm

A 15ct yellow gold curb link watch chain marked Jmw (Jm Wendt) 41 grams

A rare Colonial South Australian 9ct gold locket, by Wendt, Adelaide, c. 1880's, engraved bail, engraved double sided case, marked J.M.W (Joachim Matthias Wendt), with original fitted Wendt box Rundle St. Arcade. Diameter 38mm

A South Australian Colonial bangle, by Wendt, Adelaide, c. 1890's, 9ct yellow gold open design, marked J.M.W (Jochim Mathhias Wendt), with J.M. Wendt box. Diameter 64mm; weight 11 grams