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iconnumber posted 02-03-2019 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It has been suggested to me that the mark on this pair of tongs might be Daniel Curtis of Fredericksburg VA c. 1816, Lexington KY c. 1820, and Woodbury CT c 1825. Wev's site has an entry for Daniel Curtiss of Woodbury CT, but no marks, and his dates--born and died in Woodbury CT, 1801-1878--are such that it doesn't sound like he could have been working in Virginia and Kentucky at the time of Daniel one-L Curtis. Did someone confuse Daniel One-L Curtis of Fredericksburg and Lexington with Daniel Two-L Curtiss of Woodbury--are they two different people? Which of them, if either, made my tongs? The mark isn't in Belden. Based on the style, I think they're pretty early. (But early tongs by a Southern maker would be more desirable than later ones by a Connecticut maker, so take that with a grain of salt.)

Wev? Anyone?

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iconnumber posted 02-03-2019 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is the mark given to VA/KY Curtis in Holland's Virgina Silversmiths. There is no connection between this Curtis and Daniel Curtiss of CT.

Nice find.

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iconnumber posted 02-03-2019 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yay! Thank you, wev. Do you have a guess about its date?

I discovered it in my tong drawer. I bought it online a few years ago, but was so annoyed to find that it had a kink in its spine (which hadn't been apparent in the photos) that I stuck it in the drawer and forgot about it. Now it will pay a visit to the tong doctor, so it won't crack in half if anyone tries to use it.

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iconnumber posted 02-09-2019 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for avalata     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's another pair of tongs with the same mark, and with some very interesting journeyman marks of some kind! Cathy and I were debating whether these are horse heads with signal flags or fire coming from their mouths - the other symbol appears to be a mallet. Perhaps masonic?

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iconnumber posted 02-09-2019 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How very interesting! It's quite similar to mine, but with that extra detailing at the end of the wide part, and fancier engraving. They do look like fire-breathing animal heads.

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