Coin Westervelt Engraved Coin Medallion Fish Slice
The fish slice / knife / server as it evolved in the 19th Century took the form of its blade from the body of a headless and tailless fish. John Westervelt's interpretation includes an engraved medallion head inscribed in a roundel on the handle, very likely that of Oceanus, whose body was that of a fish. This piece is decorated by neo-classical motifs – acanthus, dart-and-egg, floral sprays – in engraving, bright-cutting, and engine-turning. The twisted handle is thick and adds strength to the substantial piece. Its length is 11 in., weighing 100 grams, and sporting an interlinked monogram of JJC.