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Gorham "Henry II" Figural Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs

Gorham "Henry II" Figural Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
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Large for sugar tongs, this pair measure 4 7/8" long and weigh 1.3 T. oz.

Made by Gorham, the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, the word "Sterling," and the name of the retailer, "B.B. & Co." for Philadelphia's Bailey, Banks & Biddle, Philadelphia, appear on the inside of one leg.

The pattern is "Henry II" which was issued at the turn of the 20th century and represents an homage to the English court at a dramatic time in its history.

The central feature is a lion's face set midway on the handle. This is surrounded by an array of acanthus leaves (one of which forms the tongue of the lion), fruit, scrolls, and scaling as would be found on a suit of armor.

The open area of one leg is engraved with an Old English letter "S" monogram. The arch remains plain.

The grips are an elaborate talon form that are heavily detailed with elements that compliment the overall design.

In flawless condition, these show no wear or damage, or bends or cracks. The finish is bright and even.

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