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Rare Georgian Silver Spring Hinged Sugar Tongs - Innes Family Crest     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1673
Period: George III
Year: Circa 1770-1780
Silversmith: John Baker II
Place: London
Price: $ 440.00
Weight: 34 grams
Dimensions: 13.5 cm
Condition: Excellent, spring hinge in full working order, no repairs.

Description: A rare set of spring hinged Georgian silver sugar tongs, in perfect condition, which is quite unusual for these type of tongs. The tongs have a hinge with steel spring built into it, the steel is visible on the rear.The arms are cast, and have a bead and thread edge, the grips have an attractive pattern. The hinge bears the Innes family crest, of a lion holding a palm frond, under the motto "Ornatur Radix Fronde", translated "The root is adorned by the foliage". As is usual for Scottish crests, the motto is above (English crests the motto is below), the Innes family comes from the Moray area of Speyside (so perhaps these tongs should be used for adding ice to whisky rather than sugar to tea!). Both arms are hallmarked with makers mark IB and lion passant, which indicates they were made before 1784 when the duty mark was added. These type of tongs were made between 1765 and 1780 (Georgian Silver Sugar Tongs, Graham Hodges, pg 10, a book we highly recommend), and are rare in undamaged form. John Baker II worked between 1770 and 1786 (Grimwade mark 1141).
Rare Georgian Silver Spring Hinged Sugar Tongs - Innes Family Crest
Georgian silver spring hinged sugar tongs - Innes family crest

Rare Georgian Silver Spring Hinged Sugar Tongs - Innes Family Crest
Bead and thread edge, silver sugar tongs

Rare Georgian Silver Spring Hinged Sugar Tongs - Innes Family Crest
Ornatur radix fronde - Innes

Rare Georgian Silver Spring Hinged Sugar Tongs - Innes Family Crest
spring hinge

Rare Georgian Silver Spring Hinged Sugar Tongs - Innes Family Crest
Hallmarks - John Baker II

Rare Georgian Silver Spring Hinged Sugar Tongs - Innes Family Crest
Hallmarks 2nd arm

Rare Georgian Silver Spring Hinged Sugar Tongs - Innes Family Crest
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