Wood & Hughes "Diana Medallion" Coin Silver Berry Spoon, Immaculate
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The prominent New York City firm of Wood & Hughes produced several "Medallion" patterns in the 1860s period when such classically inspired imagery was popular.
The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, just under 2.0 T. oz., coin silver, berry spoon is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this class of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."
This is an exceptionally fine example in pristine condition. The image is free of any polishing wear, and thus retains all its original fine line detailing. This especially shows in Diana's hair and the way her clothing drapes around her shoulders.
The backside of the handle has a handsome, feathered script "MFP" monogram that remains crisp.
The plum-shaped bowl has flange edges and a scalloped tip. The interior has a raised, i.e. repousse, leaf, branch, and flower design that is exceptionally well-rendered. The entire interior surface has a bright gold wash.
Overall, the piece has a lustrous, even, surface.
Marks are "WwH" and a "+" emblem, the later likely a journeyman's designation.