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Rare Tain Silver sugar tongs
Reference: S170
Period: George IV
Year: Circa 1825
Silversmith: Alexander Stewart
Place: Tain
Price: $ 1 250.00
Weight: 60 grams
Condition: Good, 2 very tiny nicks on bow (see photo) below initials, which are not splits or in danger of worsening.

Description: Very rare set of plain fiddle pattern Scottish provincial sugar tongs with extremely clear hallmarks on both arms - AS TAIN. Initials GC engraved on bow. Stewart was a very skilled craftsman (Quick, Ballance of Silver) who originally worked in Inverness (1796 - 1812), then moved to Tain. He died in 1841. Only 160 pieces of Tain silver by Stewart are known to exist, and only three quarters of these have the TAIN townmark. (Quick, Ballance of Silver). Tain, which has long been a pilgrims destination visiting St Duthac's shrine, is the home of Glenmorangie Whisky, made by "The 16 men of Tain".
Rare Tain Silver sugar tongs
Tain tongs

Rare Tain Silver sugar tongs
Tain tongs 2

Rare Tain Silver sugar tongs
Tain tongs hallmark 1

Rare Tain Silver sugar tongs
Tain tongs hallmark 2

Rare Tain Silver sugar tongs
Tain tongs bow

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