De Vigne Hart
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Laurent Hart (1810-1860) was a medallist who began his business in Theresianenstraat, 9000 Gent, Belgium. Around 1847, Hart moved his business to the Royal Gallery (Koningsgalerij) where it would remain until 1974. The company used a screw press to make medals. Hart died in 1860 and his widow, Octavie Van Doren, continued his business. The signature P. Hart was occasionally used during this period. Octavie Van Doren died in 1889 and in 1890 Alice De Vigne took ownership of the company. The company name was changed to De Vigne-Hart and would remain the same until the company’s closure in 1974. Alice De Vigne died in 1939 and it is unclear who ran the company. From 1964 to 1974, the Londès mother and daughter ran the company. De Vigne-Hart closed in 1974. It is not unusual to find medals marked L. Hart after Laurent Hart’s death as the company reused old dies.
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