Wood & Hughes "Daisy" Sterling Fried Oyster Server
Fried oyster servers show themselves in various forms, some quite whimsical. Wood & Hughes contributed a singular style to the line up as evidenced in this 10 1/2", nearly 3.7 T. oz., example. The pattern is "Daisy," an attractive 1880 floral design whose inspiration is self-evident. The serving end measures 5 1/2" long and 3" wide. It is rounded, flat, and asymmetrical, shaped quite like a golf club head. The sidewalls at the join with the handle are wrapped upward and around and thus form a tubular unit. This area, along with the section of the flat area on the front, and the entire back, are finished in a bright gold wash. The rest of the front of the server has a matte gold surface. The blade on this is engraved in a bright cut daisy and leaf design that compliments the pattern on the handle. Most examples of this form have plain surfaces so this is an enhancement. This has a script "J" monogram on the handle. Apart from a blotchy area (where tarnish was polished away, see image 2) under one of the wrapped edges on the blade, this fresh-to-the-market estate piece is pristine. Marks are "WwH" and "Sterling."