Newburgh, NY, Large Coin Silver Tongs
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Citing Cutten, McGrew in his benchmark work on pseudo hallmarks, identifies the "eagle, arm and hammer, bust," mark as belonging to "one of eleven silversmith firms . . . operating in Newburgh, NY, after 1830." That attribution is consistent with the origin of this estate pair of 6 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., coin silver tongs. They have a family provenance that traces to that area and period.
They have matching, sculpted arms (each one hallmarked on the inside), scallop shell grips, and a flat arch that is monogrammed "AEW" in a feathered script.
The condition is very good. There are no breaks, splits, or cracks; the engraving remains crisp; there is a natural, brilliant finish. There is an unobtrusive crimp about a third of the way up one arm (see image).