Applied Medallion Engine Turned Coin Pie Server
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Dating from the 1860s, this pie server features two popular design features of the period. One is the applied classical head of the sort that gave this genre, "Medallion," its name. The second feature is the engine turned surface of the blade. This was a widely used decorative technique at the time, one because it was appealing, and likely two, because it showed off a specialized capacity of the manufacturers.
This measures 9" long and weighs 2.0 T. oz. The blade is 4 1/4 by 2 5/8" at the widest. In addition to the engine turning, the blade and handle both are extensively engraved in a variety of period elements. The blade has scalloped, upraised shoulders.
The backside of the piece is plain save for the word "Coin" imprinted on it. The maker is unknown, but the high relief female figure, likely Hera aka Juno, shows up on other examples and is likely Boston in origin.
The condition is very good. Polishing wear is minimal and the finish is lustrous. The engraving and engine turning are crisp, while the blade is flat and free of bends, nicks, or burrs. There is an old solder spot on the edge of the blade where there was about a 1/16" crack. This is common at these stress points and fully remedied in this instance.