Large Gorham "Cottage" Sterling Silver Tongs
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At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.
The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for over thirty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is also imprinted with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem.
They have a handsome, feathered script "HSJ" monogram engraved on the arch.
While a simple pattern, this item presents in an elegant manner and reflects considerable refinement. The cupped grips, for example, have beveled edges and notched central tines, while the mid areas of the arms are rounded, adding dimension to the elements of the design.
It is in immaculate condition overall, showing virtually no signs of use. The mirror-like finish is original, clearly never having been buffed and only lightly hand polished.