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Sugar tongs

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Overall: 5 1/2 x 2 1/8 x 3/4 in. ( 14 x 5.4 x 1.9 cm )
Inscription: engraved on the arch: "B & McA" in script Mark: stamped along interior incuse: "STERLING/ BARTENS & RICE/ PAT. 1893" Inscription: engraved on the ouside of each arm: "1870" on one, "1895" on the other
silver bow-type sugar tongs; U-shape form with broad bow, fiddle shaped arms and bird's claw grips; cast crown over shell decoration on the outside of each arm with "1870" engraved on one and "1895" engraved on the other.
Gallery Label: 
These sugar tongs was a wedding gift to the donor's parents, Alice Townsend Martin, whose initials are engraved on the service, and Benjamin Brandreth McAlpin, on November 10, 1897.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Townsend M. McAlpin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group