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Very Early Georgian Cast Sugar Tongs by William & John Deane c1759-68

Very Early Georgian Cast Sugar Tongs by William & John Deane c1759-68
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Offered is a very rare example of the work of specialist London sugar tong maker silversmiths William & John Deane, whose biographical information appears below, courtesy of the site



As noted on that site, cast tongs by the Deanes are very uncommon - the tongs on the site, which are very similar to these, are the first pair the site owner (an expert on tongs, with an excellent book on the subject) has seen. These tongs measure about 4 7/8 inches in length and weigh about 32 grams. Condition overall is very good, but there is one area with a split, of which I've taken a closeup. This is quite common with these tongs, and does not affect the appearance of the piece. All in all a very fine and very early pair of cast-arm sugar tongs!

William and John Deane are believed to be brothers. They entered their first mark together in 1759, followed by others, until John Deane entered a mark on his own in 1768. They are therefore almost certainly dated some time between 1759 and 1768. The tongs are a nice example of cast sugar tongs of the period.

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