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DESCRIPTION Heavy duty pair of antique French 19th century solid high grade silver sugar nippers cum tongs with inset steel cutting teeth and a floral engraving to the hinge box. Up until around 1900 sugar came in a cone-shaped loaf that was rather hard. Special steel nippers or a mallet and chisel were used to first break up the loaf. Once smashed into suitable chunks the sugar would be placed into a sugar box and transferred to the dining or drawing room. These nippers would then be used to further trim the sugar and transfer it to you cup, pot or jug.
SILVERSMITH Emile Puiforcat, mark used from 1857, part rubbed but from what is extant we can eliminate all others
DATE or HALLMARK not dated but from the marks and item 1857-1900 although stylistically they look more 1750s
ASSAY OFFICE Paris
WEIGHT in GRAMS 87
LENGTH 5 ", 140mm
SILVER STANDARD 950 French highest standard
CONDITION excellent, good hinge, no repairs, robust and fit for action

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SOLD
Price 87
item number m7836
Available Antique Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Available Antique Sterling Silver Sugar Nips
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