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Tongs

Tea tongs or bow tongs

about 1790
Caleb Beal (American (probably born in Hingham, MA), about 1746–1801)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

16.2 x 6.3 cm (6 3/8 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1981.425

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

Delicate, wrought tongs having a broad, ribbon-like bow twisting to flat arms in the shape of an attenuated triangle that terminate in cast bird’s talons. Bright-cut engraving in a diaper pattern appears along arms while bow is decorated with scalloped, floral design.

Inscription

Engraved "NAI" in sprigged script within a lozenge on the outside of bow, and "Pell." in script on arm of tongs.

Ed: The name Pell is followed by a "."

Markings

Marked "C B" within a rectangle on inside of bow.

Provenance

Original owner unknown. Purchased from an unnamed source by the donor.

Credit Line

A gift from the collection of Dr. Arthur DuBois Brundidge, Walden N.Y., and Northport, N.Y.