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iconnumber posted 12-07-2006 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for salmoned     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A family member gave me their old, broken digital camera. I fixed it, so now I can post photos again. However, the closest focal distance is 2.5 inches, so I hope I can produce useful images. Here's my first effort:

I know the maker's mark is poor (even with a magnifying glass all I could make out was the oval exterior and the 3 light interior impressions seen in the photo), but maybe the crown can be used as an identifier? This is a sugar tongs that appears to be constructed of two demitasse spoons butted up against a bridging piece and welded or brazed.

I intend to give this to my sister and hope to provide more information than just German piece, 800 silver, 20th century.

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iconnumber posted 12-08-2006 10:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for adelapt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would be more likely for such tongs to be stamped/pressed while cut from flat sheet, and receive the spoon die impression that way on each end. Then it's just a simple matter to bend them around, and maybe if necessary hammer or temper the metal of the bend to ensure springiness.

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iconnumber posted 12-08-2006 11:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Something about this mark bothers me, but it may be my inexperience with German silver. Every piece I have and all the examples I have seen but one have the cresencent moon before the crown and all have the inner curve of the moon facing the crown. This marke seems backwards. The crown also looks wrong. Is this even German?


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iconnumber posted 12-10-2006 05:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for salmoned     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, typical construction would have been as one piece, not three. However, there are definite weld/braze lines around the edges of the spoon portions (inside), as well as some liquid metal flow into the beading cavity on the side opposite the monogram. I wonder if this may have been a practice piece.

Here's another mystery (to me) mark:

This final mark has been identified as Johann Beck from Schwäbisch-Gmünd (by Bahner in another forum).

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