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 Etruscan revival gold bangle, circa 1870, the hinged bangle with a finely detailed rams head terminal and applied gold wirework decoration. 18ct yellow gold. Weight 54.61 grams. Inside diameter 5.5 cm. Stamped on catch but indecipherable, fitted box sig

A Victorian gold lady's open faced thumb wind pocket watch retailed by Wendt, circa 1890, the engraved dial with black Roman numerals and marked 'Jm Wendt, Adelaide & Broken Hill', finely engraved case, 18 carat yellow gold, 36mm diameter

Early 20th century mahogany bracket clock from Germany, retailed by Wendts of Adelaide

14ct gold pocket watch from Switzerland, retailed Wendt Adelaide

14carat gold ladies pocket watch with J M Wendt retailers mark to face

18ct yellow gold, ladies pocket watch, retailed by J. M. Wendt, South Australia, early 20th century, top wind movement (needs service). Engraved gold dial with subsidiary second hand. Engraved 18ct yellow gold case. Dial marked J.M. Wendt, Adelaide & Mt Ga

French brass carriage clock retailed by J.M. Wendt, Adelaide & Broken Hill

A gold J.M. Wendt gold pocket watch. Crown wind Swiss leaver rolled gold, circa 1930, Liverpool set in gold, 19 jewel.

18ct gold ladies pocket watch with blue enamelled case set with rose cut diamonds and marked Golay Fils & Stahl, Geneve & Paris, with 9ct Wendts brooch bar

A German bracket clock retailed by Wendts, Adelaide, circa 1910, Westminster chime movement, striking the quarter and hour on gongs with silent strike at twelve, Roman numeral dial within an arched case 40 cm high

A 9ct gold double cased pocket watch marked 'Wendts Adelaide Swiss Made' (no glass or second hand)

A rare historic 18ct double cased gentleman's chronometer repeating pocket watch the dial marked J. M. Wendt Adelaide and broken Hill, inscription to inside reverse Mayor of Pt Adelaide 1890-1893 etc

Wrist watch ladies 9ct gold early 20th century Wendts (swiss made Breguet H.S.P)