Early 19th C. Isaac Reed Large Coin Silver Tongs
Documented as working in Frankford, Pennsylvania c. 1800-20, and subsequently in nearby Philadelphia, Isaac Reed was the maker of this 6 3/4" long, 1.1 T. oz., pair of coin silver tongs. In addition to having his personal mark, "I. Reed," imprinted on the inside of each arm, they carry what John McGrew describes in his work on pseudo hallmarks as the "Philadelphia eagle." The style suggests a date from early in his career. The have plain, convex, fiddle shaped arms, have a broad arch with pointed arches, and cup grips. There is a sophisticated looking, feathered script "AMS" monogram engraved on the arch. They are in exceptionally good condition. There is no evident wear, nor cracks, bends, or breaks in the metal. The finish is nicely patinated. Apart from slight unevenness on the edge of one arm, there are no signs of use.