Fabulous antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era sterling silver & vermeil 5 1/4" sugar tongs or 'pinces a sucre' with elegant Classical style 'ribbon' pattern & large lion's paw tips! Always a classy addition to your tea or coffee service and we have only a few of these wonderful tongs available at the moment! This one bears the post-1838 French Minerve or Minerva hallmark, the tiny number "1" within the mark designates it as being .950 silver (95% pure, higher than the .925 standard for sterling silver). Silversmith marks are, of course, for the world renowned Maison PUIFORCAT, (EP for Emile Puiforcat). Long lauded for only the finest of finery and now owned by Hermes of Paris. Lovely!
Very good condition. A surface mark/scuff or two but no damage, no repairs. Some age wear or fading to the gold plating vermeil areas. In solid French sterling silver and built to last in style. See pictures for weight and measurements.
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