Massive Mid 19th Century Sterling Serving Tongs
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Sometimes referenced as fried chicken tongs, but suitable for a variety of purposes where scale is called for, this serving piece is as large as such items get. It is 10 1/2" long and weighs a hefty 7.0 T. oz.
Each arm is an engraved Old English Tipt style. The engraving carries over the arch and has something of a Gothic manner to it. That would be appropriate to the c. 1865 date of the piece.
The top of the arch is monogrammed "J.C.P." in O.E. lettering.
One of the grips is spoon form while the other is a fork with three wide tines and a pierced heel. The outside of the fork is densely engraved and bright cut.
The piece is in flawless condition. There is no visible polishing wear, or bends, cracks, or nicks. The engraving remains crisp and the finish is appealing.
It is marked with the name of the Boston firm "Bigelow, Bros & Kennard," and 925 (for sterling) in an oval.