Lovely Pair of Philadelphia Coin Silver Sugar Tongs, Ward & Cox c.1811
Offered is a gorgeous pair of American coin silver sugar tongs by Ward & Cox, a very short-lived (1811) partnership between silversmiths Jehu Ward and Benjamin Cox. This pair of sugar tongs, dating back more than two hundred years, is exceptional for its form and execution. See the pictures for the lovely detail on the grips and the fine proportions. These tongs measure about 5 5/8 inches in length, and weigh about 44 grams. The tongs bear an engraved period script monogram to the bow, and a well-struck maker's mark on each arm (see pictures). Condition is excellent, with modest wear from normal use, and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all an exemplary example of early Federal coin silver tea equipage!