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American Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Charleston, South Carolina
Reference: S1504
Period: George IV
Year: Circa 1823-1852
Silversmith: John Ewan
Place: Charleston, South Carolina
Price: $ 290.00
Weight: 50 grams
Dimensions: 15.2 cm
Condition: Excellent, bow also in perfect condition.

Description: A rare pair of American Coin silver Fiddle pattern sugar tongs, made by John Ewan of Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1830. The tongs are plain, with no engraving, and have traditionally shaped rounded bowls. The tongs have very clear hallmarks on both arms, makers mark "J Ewan" in serrated rectangle, and pseudo English crowned leopards head and lion passant (both very quaint!). John Ewan lived between 1786 and 1852, he is believed to have produced silver between 1823 and 1852 (Ensko, American Silversmiths and their Marks, pg 294). Of interest is that these hallmarks are depicted in Wyler (The Book of Old Silver), where he incorrectly describes them as Jamaican (pg 207). Coin silver is the term used to describe silver produced in America from early Colonial times until just after the Civil war, when the Sterling standard was adopted. As the name describes, the source was European silver coins, which were melted down.
American Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Charleston, South Carolina
Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Charleston, South Carolina

American Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Charleston, South Carolina
Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Charleston

American Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Charleston, South Carolina
South Carolina Coin silver tongs

American Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Charleston, South Carolina
J Ewan Charleston hallmarks

American Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Charleston, South Carolina
J Ewan coin silver marks

American Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Charleston, South Carolina
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