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Circa 1790-1815 George Washington Portrait Shell Medallion. White Metal. Set in a Bone or Horn Frame

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Circa 1790-1815 George Washington Portrait Shell Medallion. White Metal. Set in a Bone or Horn Frame

Lot: 1042
Title: Circa 1790-1815 George Washington Portrait Shell Medallion. White Metal. Set in a Bone or Horn Frame. Baker-Unlisted.
Header: Circa 1790-1815 White Metal Shell Medallion
Bone Frame, Baker-Unlisted

Description: Housed under beveled glass in a decorative period Bone or Horn Frame with hanger. Extremely Fine. The highly detailed high-relief shell measures 55 mm -- roughly 2.25” -- in diameter and is housed under original period beveled glass, encircled by a hand-carved floral-designed period bone frame. The veneered bone frame measures fully to an overall size of 5” x 5” with original hanger for wall display at top. Decorative carved etching work appears on the corners of the frame. The Washington medal has some minor dings and deeper areas of tone yet it is well detailed in high relief. The frame backing is period tapestry-like gold-pattern fabric with original integral hanger intact. A wonderful and likely unique design style George Washington display piece. The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection offered three virtually identical raw medals, but nothing in a frame. The only example we have located in a period presentation style, far plainer than this example, was in Heritage’s auction of November, 2010 where it brought $1,792 over a decade ago. Here is an important and probably unique item for Washington medal aficionados and Washingtoniana specialists alike – this could very well be that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
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