This Victorian cased sterling silver sugar set was made in Sheffield by silversmith Jehoiada Alsop Rhodes. The matched set was designed to be used with tea or coffee and consists of tongs for serving sugar cubes and a pierced sifting spoon for use with granulated sugar. The tongs and spoon have a pierced design featuring geometric shapes and foliate motifs. The set comes complete with its original fitted oval case lined in dark blue satin and dark blue velvet.
The set is in excellent condition showing no signs of use and has not been monogrammed. The case itself shows minor signs of age including scuffs related to storage. The spoon and tongs bear a full set of clearly struck marks including that of Sheffield silversmith Jehoiada Alsop Rhodes, who has examples of his work held in the collections of London's Victoria and Albert Museum. Both pieces in the set also have kitemarks.
The spoon is 5.25" long and 1.625" across the bowl. The tongs are 4.75" long. The oval case is 6.625" by 2.25" and stands 1.25" high
This elegant cased sugar serving set would make a wonderful addition to a grouping of Victorian sterling silver or works equally well on its own. A lovely and useful antique find!
Antique English Sterling Silver Cased Sugar Tong and Sifter Spoon Set Circa 1873 Jehoiada Alsop Rhodes