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Duhme, Cincinnati, "Twist & Engraved" Coin Silver Large Tongs

Duhme, Cincinnati, "Twist & Engraved" Coin Silver Large Tongs
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Tracing to the mid 19th century, this pair of coin tongs are early production items from Cincinnati's premier silver and jewelry house, "Duhme & Co.," as indicated by the stamp on the inside of each arm.

They are large at 6 5/8" long, and heavy at 1.7 T. oz., and combine a variety of period design elements. They may be pickle tongs, for use with a tall caster.

The lower portions of the arms are blocky where they join with the substantially-scaled talon grips.

This area is joined to twisted sections on each arm, which in turn lead to a broad, shaped, upper sections, that along with the arch, is finely engraved.

The arch has a raised lozenge, which is both decorative and strengthening at a point where tongs experience the most stress.

Without a monogram or removal, it is in flawless condition. There is no polishing wear and there is a warm patina. There are no bends or cracks, and the engraving remains sharp and well-defined.

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