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English Sterling Sugar Tongs & Nippers, London, Blackwell Patent 1854 For Sale
ENGLISH STERLING SUGAR TONGS & NIPPERS, LONDON, BLACKWELL PATENT 1854
Sterling silver English sugar tongs and nippers with flower on the bow hinge spring and oval decorated pads. The piece measures 6 1/4 inches long and 1 1/2 inches across the bow, and weighs 2.71 troy oz. Marked on one inside arm "Sugar Nippers & Tongs London" followed by the hallmarks: the maker "W.B", the lion and the leopard's head, and marked on the other inside arm "Blackwell Patent Combined W.B", the date letter "T" for 1854 and Victoria's head. Monogrammed in the reserve on one arm in script "WML". The hinge is sufficiently loose that the arms can cross from direct closure by a freeplay of about 1/2 in. to one side and about 1 in. to the other. The spring which opens the tongs is certainly not as robust as when made but does happily return the tongs readily to the open position after they are closed. The tongs are otherwise in fine antique condition.
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