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This set of sugar tongs is from the New York Central Railroad -- high quality silver plate, made by Reed & Barton. They date from the long-past time when luxury road the rails and train passengers were treated to the most exclusive amenities.
The "clam shell" shape of the tongs was ideal for dining car use, designed to easily grasp hard cubes of sugar. The pattern name is Commonwealth, which is shown in "Silver At Your Service," the collector guide to railroad flatware by Dominy and Morgenfruh. Commonwealth debuted in 1910 and was popular among several railway lines.
Size is approximately 4 inches long, a lovely display in any collection.
Cleverly inscribed on the inside of one arm to escape wear, N.Y..C.R.R. appears in a classic, early script that the New York Central used in the early 1900s. Further up the stem is the maker name REED & BARTON.
Condition is SUPERB. The silver plating is all original, with no signs of tarnish or metal damage, and is extremely well done: the design is extremely crisp and clear. There are signs of the lightest use -- they are almost imperceptible. We had to use a magnifying glass to see any surface marks on the outside of the arms. There are no bends or twists.
Sugartongs are a unique dining item and fit into several crossover collectible categories. This exquisite set would be a star in any of them.
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Vintage New York Central Railroad Silver Dining Car Sugar Tongs NYCRR by Reed & Barton
$65 USD SALE PENDING
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