Coin Silver Sugar Tongs, Thomas A. Boullt of Hagerstown
A good and scarce example of American coin silver sugar tongs from Hagerstown, Maryland. These tongs are marked once on each arm with the maker's mark of Thomas Alexander Boullt (1818-1876), a well-known Hagerstown silversmith, jeweler, watchmaker and clockmaker. In the latter part of his long (1846-70s) career, Boullt was advertising as an jeweler and optician, at No. 16 West Washington Street in Hagerstown. Boullt also had other activities, such as being the Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Antietam National Cemetary. Boullt was instrumental in tabulating the identities and locations of Confederate dead at major battlefields.
This lovely and large pair of sugar tongs measures about 6 7/8 inches in length and weighs 56 grams. The tongs are engraved with a period monogram of 'KGH' on the bow, and are in good condition, with no bends, splits or repairs. This piece probably dates to the 1840s or 1850s, but could be later. A fine example of Maryland coin silver from Hagerstown!