These tongs are so cool! Look at that amazing detail on the claw side of the tongs: true mastery of metal and sculpture. The brand mark is “1847 Rogers Bros.” used from 1862 by the Meriden Britannia Company, who merged with Rogers, Smith & Co. in 1869. This particular line was produced circa 1870 to 1890. These do have a monogram on the hinge of “MJM”, but that never matters to us, it’s just part of its history, a sign that it had a life before we met it. These will be the perfect conversation piece at your next dinner party.
These antique silver-plated tongs are in excellent antique condition. There are no broken parts or wear to the plating. The metal has a patina we’d expect for the age and is important to the value of the piece. You don’t want to over-polish silver or silver-plated antiques as that erases part of its history.
These Victorian claw and shell tongs measure approximately 9.5 inches long.
Metal: Silverplate. Marks: Meriden Comp, 1847.ROGERS.BROS., A1 on the inside of tong handle. Total weight: 134.7 grams.
Victorian Rogers Bros Silverplate Salad Tongs “Persian 1871” Line, Circa 1870-1890