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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The Jobson trophy. Very impressive presentation salver, sterling silver hallmarked London 1891, salver on four avian claw & ball feet, central inscription reads: Presented to C Jobson Esq MJCE etc Engineer to the, Broken Hill Water Supply as a mark of Este

Adelaide Racing Club trophy cup. 9ct gold, beautifully stepped foot rising to small knob, large bowl with applied twin handles, inscribed, Adelaide Racing Club Inc., Birthday Cup 1954 won by Engraver, Owners Messrs A E & J F Trim & J F Courtnay, marked to

Cruet set. Sterling silver hallmarked Birmingham 1947, five piece box set, comprising pair of salts, pair of pepper shakers, mustard pot & three spoons in case, retailed by Wendt 74 Rundle Street Adelaide

A fine pair of Victorian apostle spoons, 1888 London, with maker's marks for John Aldwinckle & Thomas Slater, the elegant spoons with shallow gilt washed circular bowls, with slender shaped stems with bright cut designs to cast upper sections surmo

Australian silver mug, made by Wendts for Walker and Hall

Australian silver serviette ring with rare mark J.M. Wendt Adelaide and Broken Hill

An early Australian sterling silver napkin ring, by JM Wendt, Adelaide

An ivory handled sterling silver presentation trowel, bearing the inscription, 'Presented by J.M. Wendt to Miss Colton on the occasion of laying the Foundation stone of the Ymca lady Colton memorial Institute July 12th 1900.' 32 cm long

A silver key, Wendt's, 1927 the silver key bearing the inscription Presented to Dame Nellie Melba, 9.11.27, On her opening the completion of the Queen's Home, length approximately 73mm, signed Wendts, case by Wendts Jewellers. Property from the Collection

Two Australian Wendt sterling silver napkin rings, both hallmarked the tallest 33 cm marked JM Wendt (jeweler Adelaide and broken Hill), engraved MSL, the other marked Wendt engraved LB, 64 grams approx in total.

An Australian silver cup by Jochim Matthis Wendt, Adelaide, circa 1880

A fine and important sterling silver presentation palm-tree centrepiece by Joachim Matthias Wendt of Adelaide, Australian, circa 1880, Inscribed ‘Presented to The Mayoress of Adelaide Mrs J. Lavington Bonython, by the citizens in recognition of many gracef

Antique Australian silver Wendt napkin ring, with silver and makers marks, 55 grams

Antique Australian silver Wendt christening mug, engraved with initials and date 1st Sept 1876, with silver and makers marks - JMW (for Jochim Matthias Wendt of Adelaide), 9.5 cm high approx. 155 grams

A fine Australian sterling silver and ruby box, early 20th century, with maker's mark for Wendt of Adelaide, with Crown and lion. The circular cushion shaped box with a hinged horseshoe lid with grain set rubies forming a monogram, and having a matte gilt

An Australian silver napkin ring by Jochim Mathias Wendt, Adelaide, circa 1890, marked 'J.M. Wendt/Adelaide/Queen Victoria's Head/Lion Passant/Crown'; and another (2)

An Australian silver centrepiece, probably by Jochim Matthias Wendt, Adelaide, 1875, on a large domed chased base applied with a bronze indigenous hunter, a kangaroo and an emu, silver tree fern and centre twisted tree trunk issuing leafy branches, turned

J.M. Wendt Adelaide silver napkin ring

Pair of silver salts with matching salt spoons in a presentation case, Victorian Birmingham 1880 (Wendts label)

An Australian silver trophy cup maker's mark J.M Wendt, Adelaide, circa 1895, the domed foot supporting a standard cast in the form of a tree trunk with applied foliage, inscribed ' Royal / Agricultural & Horticultural Society of S.A / Presented by Alick J

A set of six Australian silver beer mugs possibly by J.M Wendt, Adelaide, circa 1900, each of tapered form with a gilt wash interior and a single handle, raised on a circular foot, stamped Stg.Sil, 1670grs total weight of silver, 10 cm high.

Silver butter knife by J. M. Wendt, with an Old English pattern handle leading to the foliate engraved scythe like blade. Marks: (Crown) Jm Wendt (lion passant) ref Jbh no 224. Weight: 36 grams. Length 18 cm

Silver Adelaide Hunt Club Races jug by J M Wendt of conical form with loop handle and turned foot, engraved: 'Adelaide Hunt Club Races/ 1886/ Drag Cup/ Won By/ Mr. E. Laughton, Jun.'S/ Rupert'. Marks: (Crown) Jm Wendt/ Adelaide (lion) ref: JBH231. Height 3

Silver coffee pot and sugar bowl by J M Wendt, both engraved with fern leaf cartouches with the possible monogram Cwg and engraved to the reverse with the family crest of a lion rampant with sword. Marks: typical Jm Wendt circular mark, ref: JBH236. Height

Silver Adelaide polo club trophy jug by J M Wendt of tapering form with scroll handle, inscribed: 'Polo Races / May 14 1887 / Members Handycap Flat Race / Presented By / R Barr Smith Esq/ Won By / Mad Cap'. Marks: Jm Wendt / Adelaide / (lion) ref JBH No232

Silver napkin ring by J M Wendt of cylindrical form, with engraved foliage decoration centered by the monogramme Ams. Marks: typical Wendt circular mark ref JBH no 236. Weight: 34 grams. Diameter 4.5 cm. Provenance: Vizard Foundation

Pair of silver napkin rings in presentation box by J. M. Wendt, of cylindrical form and initialled Gjb in original fitted case. Marks: (Crown) Jm Wendt / Adelaide (lion passant) ref Jbh no 231. Combined weight: 74 grams. Diameter 4.5 cm.

Pair of silver sugar tongs by J. M. Wendt, marks: (emu) Wendt (kangaroo). Weight: 31 grams. Length 11.5 cm. Provenance: private Collection

Silver Adelaide racing club trophy by J M Wendt, with scrolled double handles, fern tree stem and emu mounted cover, engraved: 'Adelaide Racing Club/ Anniversary Meeting/ 1889/ Pony Race / Presented By/, the Hon W K Simms M.L.C./ Won By/ W Packhams Vesta/

Impressive silver NSW steeple Chase lidded trophy by J M Wendt c1865, with figures of Victory handles and elaborately chased with foliage, the cover with horse finial and horses running a steeple chase, engraved with an early crest of NSW flanked by a kang

Silver lidded Steeplechase cup by J M Wendt, scroll double handles and horse finial to cover, engraved with: 'Adelaide Hunt Club Steeplechases/ 1889/ Maiden Hunter's Cup/ Presented By/ the Hon Wk Simms/ Won By Brownlock/ Ridden By Mr Fred Cornelius'. Marks

Impressive silver lidded racing trophy by J M Wendt, with grapevine handles, trunk stem and horse mounted cover, engraved: 'Wentworth Jockey/ Club/ April 1878', the reverse: 'Won By/ Moonlight/, the Property of Robertson Bros/ Chowilla/ River Murray'. Mark

Silver Christening mug by J. M. Wendt of cylindrical form fitted with loop handle and incised linear decoration. marks: typical Wendt circular mark ref JBH no 236. Weight: 135 grams; height 7 cm. Provenance: Private Collection

Silver 'Waterloo' presentation ewer by J. M. Wendt, baluster shaped with angular handle and on circular foot, engraved with 'South Australian Coursing Club/ Waterloo Cup/ May 1893/ Won By/ Mr Fc Pearce's/ Faundog Port Admiral /By Heirloom-Red Hind III/ Bre

Silver Agricultural and Horticultural Society trophy cup by Wendt, with simple loop handles, and turned foot with beaded rims, engraved with 'Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of SA/Incorporated / John Hill JP, President, John Creswell, Secretar

Nine various silver napkin rings by Wendt, one modelled as a belt buckle, the others of circular form. Marks: various marks. Combined weight: 335 grams. Provenance: Private Collection. Notes: for similar examples see the Powerhouse Sydney, Professor GW Ken

An Australian silver equestrian trophy cup and cover attributed to J.M Wendt, Adelaide circa 1890, the ogee body boldy embossed and engraved to either side with floriate wreaths and two vacant cartouches, flanked by scroll handles, the stem cast as a tree

A sterling silver souvenir spoon with kangaroo by J.M Wendt.

An Australian silver presentation cup maker's mark J.M Wendt Adelaide the ogee body with embossed foliate decoration flanked by acanthus leaf cast scroll handles the stem cast as a tree trunk with applied leafy branches bearing the inscription 'Royal Agric