Frank Smith "Oak" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
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A faithful representation that is finely rendered, Frank Smith's "Oak" pattern was introduced in 1912.
This example of the line is a medium sized, 4 3/4" long, moderately heavy at nearly 1.3 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.
Naturalistic in their portraiture, the three leaves that adorn each leg of the tongs are nonetheless precisely arrayed within the overall design, with one on the bottom and two on the top, surrounding an open area with lined margins.
The leaves are offset with several clusters of what appear to be berry triplets or simply decorative dots.
The grips are talon forms and highly articulated. They have fine lined surfaces over the bony parts, and seemingly chiseled ends.
There is an Old English "T" monogram on the arch.
The piece is in mint estate condition. Polishing wear is nil, the form is flawless, and the finish is bright.
Marks are the Frank Smith "lion with S" emblem, and "Sterling."