These antique English silver sugar tongs will date to circa 1760. They are a rather ornate example of this popular, mid-1700s serving utensil. The business end of the tongs are a gorgeous clamshell shape. The design that continues up to the handles is full of flourishes and cutouts. The handle is marked with an early British sterling mark and the initials, HP, for Henry Plumpton of London, know for these flourish-filled sugar nips. These are a beautiful and rare pair that has held up very well for being over 200 years old. This is a great addition to any collection and a usable piece of history.
This pair of Georgian silver sugar tongs is in excellent antique condition. The metal has some patina and minute scratches, but on the whole, this piece is in incredible condition for its age. The hinge works perfectly and is not loose. The handles are not perfectly round, but this is not damage. The circles were sawn out by hand, so they were not made perfectly round in the first place.
When you hold these in your hand, you can feel the quality and nice heft. They are just under 5 inches long and approximately 1.75” wide. We have left their antique tag on them since it is so charming.
Metal: Sterling Silver. Marks: Lion Passant (British Silver Mark) and HP. Metal confirmed with Niton X-ray fluorescence analyzer. Total weight: 34.80 grams.
Mid-1700s Georgian Sugar Tongs / Sugar Nips by Henry Plumpton