Tongs

1787–1823
George Aiken (American, 1765–1832)


Object Place: Balitmore, Maryland

Dimensions

Overall: 15.2 x 1.9 x 5.4 cm (6 x 3/4 x 2 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

2004.642

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

Horseshoe-shaped tongs with acorn-shaped ends. Handle flares outward towards center, then curves in at shoulder, widens again at top. Decorated with cut-card engraving on edges and modified bellflower design on each handle. Top of handle engraved with “A” in script. Each side of handle marked on inside with identical marks: “G Atkin” in script, in rounded rectangle. Inside of acorn-shaped ends are hollow and textured.

Inscription

Top of handle engraved with "A" in script.

Markings

Each side of handle marked on inside with identical marks: "G Atkin" in script, in rounded rectangle.

Provenance

Spoon collection of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald W. Rothschild, Fayetteville, NY

Credit Line

The Estelle S. and Harris A. Solomon Collection—Gift of their daughter Carol Solomon Rothschild