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F. Tinkham, NYC, "Fiddle" Coin Silver Tongs with Shell Grips

F. Tinkham, NYC, "Fiddle" Coin Silver Tongs with Shell Grips
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$65.00

This pair of tongs are generously sized at 6 1/4" long and 1.2 T. oz. weight.

Each arm is stamped "F. [for Foster] Tinkham," born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, and documented working in New York City in 1840 as a jeweler and watchmaker.

The "Fiddle" shape of the arms on these correlates with that date.

The grips are shell form, and the arch is engraved in a very elegant feathered script, "SAE."

They are in remarkably fine condition, and especially so for an item the better part of two centuries old. They are completely free of bends, cracks, or creases. Indeed, they show no visible wear and the hand-polished-only finish is brilliant.

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