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ahwt

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This stork standing on a turtle must symbolize the seemingly long wait for ones baby to arrive. On the inside of one of the legs is a baby tucked away in a basket. The standing lion mark on this appears to be one that was used in Heidelberg (shown in Tardy). Does anyone know what the star and the Z stand for?

This stork has been made for many years and by many silversmiths. The dealer that I brought it from thought that it was used to cut the umbilical cord of a newborn, but that makes no sense as the stork’s beak is not sharp. Another dealer thought that it was used as sugar tongs and while that is possible I suspect it may have had another use.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-06-2015 11:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
see also:Another "What is it"

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 02-07-2015 07:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Scott. My wife likes the suggestion of using the tongs as ribbon pullers.

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iconnumber posted 02-07-2015 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My opinion is that they are ribbon pullers.

Even so, silver makers were marketeers, so we have seen things like the pickle fork reintroduced as a pie fork.

I've never seen any, but it would not surprise me to find some advertising saying these had a different use. I am confident the original design use was for ribbon pulling.

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-07-2015 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Diaper tongs?

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