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Irish Georgian Silver Bright Cut Silver Sugar Tongs - Dublin Bow, Benjamin Tait     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11284
Period: George III
Year: 1784-1791
Silversmith: Benjamin Taitt
Place: Dublin
Price: $ 200.00
Weight: 60 grams
Dimensions: 16.3 cm
Condition: Excellent.

Description: An Irish Georgian silver pair of sugartongs, decorated in bright cut engraving, and featuring the rare "Dublin Bow" engraved on both arms. The tongs are lovely quality and a good weight, they have shell grips, concave arms, and are slightly longer and heavier than their English counterparts (See Hodges, Georgian Silver Sugar Tongs, page 197, where he also states that Irish tongs of this period are beautifully made, with distinctive bright cut engraving, commanding prices 2 to 3 times more than English equivalents). The tongs are engraved with original owners initials ER in script. Bright cut engraving was popular in Ireland between 1790 and 1800, the bright cut glitters in candlelight, the Bow pattern is much rarer than the Dublin Star pattern, the Star, Bow and Prince of Wales Feathers (unique to Limerick) are unique to Irish silver. The hallmarks are clear, under the bow, makers mark BT in serrated punch for Taitt who worked between 1784 and 1791, and Irish harp and Hibernia in rounded punch used before 1793. Date letters were not used on tongs of this period. Benjamin Taitt is one of the best known Dublin sugar tongs makers (Hodges page 201), he is also highly regarded as a wine label maker, the book "Wine Labels 1730-2003 describes his as "arguably the most innovative of Irish wine label makers, a particularly successful exponent of bright-cut engraving. He made the famous balloon label, only one of which is known, pg 82".
Irish Georgian Silver Bright Cut Silver Sugar Tongs - Dublin Bow, Benjamin Tait
Irish Georgian Silver Bright Cut Silver Sugar Tongs - Dublin Bow, Benjamin Tait

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