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Pair of Late 18th Century Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Standish Barry?

Pair of Late 18th Century Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Standish Barry?
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Offered is a nice pair of late 18th Century American coin silver sugar tongs marked only with a maker's mark of S.B - a mark given in Belden's "American Silversmiths" to Col. Standish Barry of Baltimore, MD. See Belden, page 49, mark d. for Barry. The strength of the attribution to Barry in Belden is based on stylistic similarities to known Belden work, and the relatively small number of potential craftsmen with the right initials working in the right time period. In any event, these sugar tongs are circa 1790s, and are decorated with a period script monogram within an engraved and decorated reserve. The decoration continues down the arms of the tongs, and the grips are acorn-shaped and also decorated. This pair of tongs measures about 6 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 30 grams. Condition is fair overall though there is a crack in the bow near the monogram (see pictures) - the stress does not go to the edge but rather was due to a weakening of the silver from the engraving of the monogram. There are no other splits and no repairs. All in all a nice pair of 18th Century coin silver sugar tongs!

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