c. 1790-1815 George Washington Portrait, Unknown White Metal Shell Medallion, Set in a Bone or Horn frame, similar to John Ford Part II May 2004 lots 243-245, Very Fine.This highly detailed, high-relief shell measures 55 mm (roughly 2.25”) in diameter and is housed under glass, surrounded by a floral-designed metal frame, and a veneered bone or horn frame to an overall size of 5” x 5”. Some decorative etching work appears on the corners of the frame. This one has some dents and dings, as well as some natural voids from the casting process. The frame is backed with an old, tapestry-like fabric and an integral hanger has been added to the top of the back of the frame. The condition of the frame is Very Fine or better, but we suggest replacing the fabric backing and tightening things up a bit. A very interesting George Washington display piece.
John J. Ford, Jr. had three medals that were nearly identical to this one. They appeared as Lots 243-245 in Part II of his collections Action Sales by Stack’s in May 2004. There the cataloguer noted that they were not listed by Baker and that Ford believed they originally had mirror backs. On another website (http://aminports3.blogspot.com/2011/04/unknown-portrait-of-general-washington.html) this portrait of Washington is seen on snuffbox lids.