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Forbes Family Coin Silver Sugartongs - New York, Van Gelder     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11173
Period: George III
Year: 1808-1809
Silversmith: Colin Van Gelder Forbes and John Wolfe Forbes.
Place: New York
Price: $ 240.00
Weight: 51 grams
Dimensions: 17 cm
Condition: Excellent, original condition, no damage or repairs.

Description: A rare American coin silver sugartongs, made in New York in 1808-1809 by 2 members of the Forbes family of silversmiths. The tongs are quite different from the traditional shape, with a Fiddle shape on the arms, and oval bowls, they are also larger than usual. The tongs are engraved with original owners initials LI in script (could also be IJ if reversed). Both arms are hallmarked with maker mark "C & IW FORBES", with wear to the C, but still clearly visible on one, worn on the other. Colin Van Gelder Forbes and John Wolfe Forbes were brothers, sons of silversmith William Garrett Forbes and brothers to silversmith Garret Forbes. Colin and John were only in partnership between 1808 and 1809, so this is a rare makers mark (Colin worked between 1798 and 1839, John between 1802 and 1835). The Forbes family "dominated the silversmith craft in New York in the late 18th and early 19th century, with shops at 88 and 169 Broadway" - source Silversmith Forbes on www.genealogy.com. This particular makers mark is not depicted on www.925-1000.com, but is shown at www.chineseargent.com, the punch appears hand made, note the irregularities in the lettering, particularly the ES at end. Colin was named after his mother's maiden name (Catherine Van Gelder).
Forbes Family Coin Silver Sugartongs - New York, Van Gelder
Forbes Family Coin Silver Sugartongs - New York, Van Gelder

Forbes Family Coin Silver Sugartongs - New York, Van Gelder
New York silver sugar tongs - Forbes

Forbes Family Coin Silver Sugartongs - New York, Van Gelder
Forbes isilver tongs engraved initials

Forbes Family Coin Silver Sugartongs - New York, Van Gelder
Colin van Gelder Forbes, John Wolfe Forbes silver makers mark 1

Forbes Family Coin Silver Sugartongs - New York, Van Gelder
Colin van Gelder Forbes, John Wolfe Forbes silver hallmark 2

Forbes Family Coin Silver Sugartongs - New York, Van Gelder
New York antique silver tongs, scale

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