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mdhavey

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2007 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdhavey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where have I seen this hallmark before?

Familiar yet eluding me. At first I thought it was a French maker's mark, but there is no Guarantee mark anywhere on the piece. No other marks either.

Interested to hear opinions from those more expert than I...

Aren't the paws impressive. Size of piece: 6.25"

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adelapt

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2007 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for adelapt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lovely looking tongs. Looks like a damaged Christofle mark to me - as if deliberately defaced. And it seems double struck too.

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mdhavey

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2007 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdhavey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's where I've seen it before, similar to Christofle's plate mark but somehow... off. A bad stamping perhaps?

By the bye, if this is plate, which I suspected at first, it's awfully thick, because an edge gouge, under a 10x loupe, is solid silver.

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Kayvee

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2007 09:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kayvee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree that the mark on your tongs is the Christofle mark used from 1862-1935 on silverplated objects. The mark looks worn or badly stamped. Based on the style of the stacked monogram, Id say they date to circa 1880. The length of these tongs suggests that they were once part of a bonbon service.

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