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Applied "Medallion" Coin Silver Sardine Fork

Applied "Medallion" Coin Silver Sardine Fork
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Marked "Coin" and with the number "4," but without a maker's identifier, this particular 1860s "Medallion" pattern is illustrated in D. Albert Soeffing's benchmark Silver Medallion Flatware within a grouping that he classifies as "naive" or "primitive."

Soeffing shows a sugar sifter, while this is a 6 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., sardine fork.

The "Medallion" is cast and applied, portraying in this case a right facing female figure surrounded by engraved detailing, and on the sifter a left facing male figure on the same handle stem, so there is diversity within the imagery.

The character of the five tine serving end belies the label primitive. The tines are delicately formed and joined to a scroll edge heel area with a single trefoil piercing. The surface is finely engraved and outlined with wriggle work, and finished in a bright gold wash front and back sides.

The reverse of the handle is plain save for an Old English "W" monogram and the aforementioned marks.

In very good condition, the only signs of use are some polishing loss of the gold and a bit of surface mottling in those same areas where tarnish was removed. The high relief medallion itself retains excellent detail, showing only minimal wear on the highest points of the raised detail. The overall finish exhibits a warm patina.

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