Duhme Applied "Medallion" Coin Silver Youth Fork
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Tracing to the mid 1860's, this coin silver fork was made by Cincinnati's "Duhme & Co," whose name appears on the backside. It falls in the category of "Medallion" flatware. The standard head Duhme used was a Mercury. The female portraiture on this is a variant that D.A. Soeffing in his seminal work on medallion flatware notes was used only on serving pieces, and obviously as evidenced by this instance, also on youth pieces.
In this instance the medallion is cast and applied to the handle of this 6 1/8" long, solid weight at nearly 1.0 T. oz., coin silver youth fork. The handle is artfully shaped and comfortably accommodates the rather large, 7/8" diameter, round medallion that sits on it. The front has lined engraving and wriggle work, while the backside is bordered with wriggle work and a teardrop detail at the top. The back is also monogrammed "MMM" in fancy, feathered script lettering.
The condition is good. There is polishing wear on the high spots of the medallion. The tine tips are slightly rounded, and show shallow knife scratches on the backsides. There are no bends in the handle or tines, the engraving remains crisp, and the patina nicely reflects the piece's age.