Gorham "Delhi" Aesthetic Solid Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
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A line pattern commonly found in demitasse and master salt spoons, the availability of other pieces of Gorham's 1880 "Delhi" is somewhat limited.
This example is a 4 3/16" long, relatively weighty .8 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.
A muli-motif floral design drawing from Aesthetic sensibilities, this pair features what appear to be peony blossoms, leaves, and branches.
The detailing is extensive, with a textured background adding character and depth to the overall imagery.
It is quite similar in to Gorham's "Cluny" of the same period, which suggests there may have been a common design impulse that brought these patterns forward.
The grips are talon form.
They are without a monogram or removal, and in excellent condition. Polishing wear is minimal, with all aspects of the pattern remaining clear and well-defined. The arch is free of cracks or bends, and the finish has a warm, bright, patina.
Marks include the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling."