Edward Rockwell NYC Early 19th C. Coin Silver Tongs
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This pair of coin silver tongs measure a lengthy 6 1/4" long and weigh nearly 1.7 T. oz.
Stamped "Rockwell" along with a sheaf of wheat pseudo hallmark, this identifier is attributed to Edward Rockwell by both Louise Belden and John McGrew in their respective works on marks. He is to be distinguished from Samuel D. Rockwell with whom Edward was in partnership 1815-47, with some similarity of marks.
This item appears to date from Edward's early working years, 1803-14. It has a broad arch with a feathered script "TS" monogram. The spoon form grips are unusual in that they are squared off, and have canted edges with flat bottoms.
They are in excellent condition. Apart from light surface scratches that are inconsequential against the two century history of this piece, there are no signs of wear. It is free of bends, crimps, cracks, or repairs. The finish is lustrous.