Russian enamel on silver tongs, with hallmark of Moscow 1891 to 1896. Tongs are 4 inches long, used for sugar cubes, sardines, or other small items. Hallmarked 84 with St. George killing the dragon facing left (used 1891 to 1896). Also a maker's mark G.K. Enamel colors are turquoise blue, navy blue, red, white. Enamel is skillfully applied within twisted silver wire, as is typical of fine Russian cloisonné . Interesting waffle pattern inside the grips of the tongs. Condition: looks good, but on close inspection six circles of blue enamel are worn. They are all on the closed end, where the inside of your palm would hold the tongs. Two on one side and 4 on the other side. See photos. The rest is perfect. Silver is thick and substantial for a small tongs, one ounce or 28 grams on my postal scale. If you collect antique Russian enamel, this is an attractive piece in the traditional Russian style.
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ITEM ID
E510
ORIGIN
Russia • Russian
PURPOSE
Tongs
ITEM TYPE
Antique

Arlene Rabin Antiques

Russian Enamel Tongs Moscow c. 1895

$255

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