ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER PIPE TAMPER w/ NATURAL RAPTOR / BIRD of PREY TALON c1740
An antique English or Scottish solid sterling silver pipe tamper, set with a large raptor / bird of prey talon.
A most intriguing curiosity, immensely collectable and a totally original early item!
CONDITION: All original and very, very good. Slightest signs of wear commensurate with age and use.
DATE/MARKS: Around 1750, maybe a little earlier. Not marked.
DIMENSIONS: Just under 5 inches long, talon 62 mm long with knuckle (1 inch = 25.4 mm). To give an impression of scale, the coin is 19 mm or ¾ of an inch diameter.
WEIGHT: Approx. 55.4 grams.