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Early Philadelphia Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Joseph Anthony of Phila.

Early Philadelphia Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Joseph Anthony of Phila.
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$67.50

Offered is a fine pair of early American coin silver sugar tongs by noted Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Anthony, who worked in that city from 1783-1809 on his own and from 1810-14 with his sons. This pair of tongs by style should date to about 1805-09 but could be a bit earlier. The maker's mark is one of Joseph Anthony's working alone, so this piece likely dates to no later than 1809. The maker's mark (see pics) is lightly struck, as is the case with most pieces by Mr. Anthony, and appears near the grip on one arm. This piece is also decorated with a finely engraved period script monogram of "PPP". These tongs measure about 6 1/2 inches in length and weigh about 46 grams. Condition is very good overall, with one grip very slightly bumped but with no major dents, no waves, and no splits or repairs. All in all a fine example by a well-known but fairly uncommon and major maker!

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