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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 07-11-2008 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This whatzit was made in the very early 1900's by Lebkuecher & Co in Newark New Jersey. It's about 6 inches long.

Any guesses?

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 07-11-2008 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Mr. Kurtzman.

Appetizer, Sandwich or petit four tongs maybe?

Can we please see the other side?

Thank You.

Jersey

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wev
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iconnumber posted 07-11-2008 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I use mine for holding past due bills; my grandmother used it for serving tea sandwiches.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 07-11-2008 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a side view and a rear view.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 07-12-2008 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
wev, It would work for bills, but I'm so sure about tea sandwiches. Guess again.

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iconnumber posted 07-12-2008 06:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a paper clip!

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-13-2008 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most often I have seen this item sold as an asparagus tong/server. I once saw it used for serving/selecting hot moist towels at a fancy barbershop. I also can envision someone using it as a giant paper clip. wink

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-13-2008 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I vote for the tea sandwiches.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 07-15-2008 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I thought I knew what this is: an asparagus server.

Now I'm not so sure.

Below is a page from the Christofle catalog of 1898 showing three French asparagus servers that are like the Lebkuecher example in that they are of a similar shape and size and that they also employ a spring mechanism.

I thought that this would give credence to my belief that the Lebkuecher piece was for asparagus.

But I've now noticed an important (I think.) difference. The French pieces are in an open position and spring shut while the Lebkuecher is closed and springs open. This gives me pause.

I still lean toward this being an asparagus server in an uncommon form for American silver. But because it is in a closed position perhaps it is a very large paper clip.

Any further thoughts?

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