Exquisite Coin Silver Basket of Flowers Pattern Sugar Tongs c. 1825-35
Offered is a superb example of the "Basket of Flowers" style of coin silver, in the form of a large pair of sugar tongs dating to around 1825-35. This pair of tongs measures about 6 5/8 inches in length and weighs 46 grams. Please click on the picture to see all the pictures. This piece has a period script monogram of what appears to be "AH" and is marked on each arm by silversmith C.HASTINGS, who I haven't found anything about. Most of these tongs were marked by silversmiths or retailers working in New England, New York or the South - the style never caught on very well in Pennsylvania. This pair of tongs is characterized by the very unusual feature of a shell pattern struck on the grips, which were then modeled into the form of acorns. It is usual to see plain grips with shells, or plain acorns, but not both. This pair of tongs hits every design criterion out of the park! As the pictures show, the die-struck basket of flowers decoration on each arm shows hardly any wear, and overall this pair of tongs is in superb condition, with no dents, splits or repairs and few signs of use. They could use a light polishing and that's about it. This pair is as fine as is likely to be found for this style, and worthy of any public or private collection. All in all a lovely piece of Antique American silver!