A pair of Old Sheffield Plate Sugar Tongs

This pretty pair of Old Sheffield Plate sugar tongs were made circa 1780, and are an example of Old Sheffield Plate flatware. Flatware in Old Sheffield Plate is quite rare, but sugar tongs are one of the more commonly found examples, and it is a simple matter to build up a small collection of different designs.

They are often decorated with rolled engraving in various designs, to emulate bright cut engraving of the silver equivalents. These are in very good condition with some plate loss commensurate with age, and are still perfectly usable!

Type: Sugar Tongs
Function: Teaware
Country: England

Price: £ 35 GBP

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