RARE PAIR OF GEORGE I / II SILVER SERVING TONGS
Samuel Hitchcock, London, c1720-30
Of heavy gauge silver and scissor form, the elongated rectangular shafts with interior ribbed grips below a crested central pivot surmounted by elegantly scrolled handles and graduated rings for the thumb, and the middle and ring fingers;
the pivot crest, a mullet of six point between wings (Asterlley, Astery, Ashburton, Audeley, De Bary, Esterley, Evershead, Glennon, Kilgour (Scotland), Ligo, Muilman, Spurling), Fairbairn’s Pl. 112.1
H.I above a fleur de lis (a spot below visible in only one mark) thrice, (Grimwade #1016) and lion passant on finger rings
(The mark of SH registered in 1720 (Grimwade # 2526), along with the return to .925 sterling and the lion passant.
However, the maker's mark using the first two initials of the last name also continued until 1739, when ordered destroyed.)
Condition : Excellent; without breaks or repairs
For a similar but later George III example (listed as John Harmar, London c1760) see Christie's Important Silver, King Street, 2008, Sale 7597, Lot 19, Price Realized $2699.00
10-5/8” Long / 5.8 oz.
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See Also :
Francis Higgins, London, 1830
King's Honeysuckle, Crested / 10-7/8" Long / 10.1oz.
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Rare Pair of George I / II Silver Serving Tongs, Samuel Hitchcock, London, c1720, crested central pivot