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Wood & Hughes "Diana Medallion" Coin Silver Place Fork

Wood & Hughes "Diana Medallion" Coin Silver Place Fork
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New York City manufacturer Wood & Hughes responded to the pronounced interest in and popularity of "Medallion" pattern silver by producing several different series.

The example on this 7 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.6 T. oz., place fork is commonly referred to as "Diana" for the classical, female goddess portrayed without variation on all the pieces.

It dates from 1863 and was made to a coin silver standard, as indicated by the "WwH" stamped on the reverse with no additional marks.

Cleared used, as evidenced by the light surface scratches, largely visible on the otherwise plain backside and on the tines, which also show shallow knife cuts, the piece nonetheless remains in very fine condition. The portraiture shows scant polishing wear, with the folds of Diana's dress, the texture of her hair, and her features all still distinct. It has a soft patina.

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