Floral Cast-arm Sugar Tongs, 1775
Sugar Tongs - Cast arm - London c.1775 by William Turton - 13.8cm long; 43g - JY/7710
This fabulous pair of Georgian silver sugar tongs is made in three pieces that is typical of the earliest bow-style nippers. The cast arms are beautifully chased with scrolls, whilst the bow is engraved with flowers in the Adam style. The outside of the bow bears an old style betrothal engraving with "W.I" over "B.I" where the I (old style "J") is the initial letter of the newlyweds' surname.
As you would expect with tongs of the 1770's the two marks are located on opposing arms and comprise a clear lion passant and "WT" maker's mark. Crucially, these attractive tongs are in first class condition with crisp decoration and neither damage nor repair.