The hinge and its axle are secure. Pictures will tell you more. Arms opens up to 3-1/4in. Wide Weight: 0.99 troy oz. Dark tarnish/patina what is not a defect.Commensurate with age, the condition is excellent. Rare for their makers and overall condition. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "anyfr8" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.