Description and Details
We are delighted to have acquired and be able to offer this pair of solid silver Georgian asparagus tongs made by William Eley & William Fearn in London, 1820.
The tongs feature a wonderful classical style with the terminals of the handles presenting a scalloped design and the entire edge accented by a contrasting border formed by two fine lines.
Particularly noteworthy crests are present on the end of the handle with for George Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Duke of Sutherland (1758 - 1833)
The crest for Leveson-Gower presents a 'wolf statant collared and chained' and the other crest is for the Sutherland Clan, described as a 'cat-a-mountain salient'.
Leveson-Gower's ownerships of extensive land towards the latter part of his life eventually resulted in him being one of the wealthiest individuals in Britain to such an extent that titles and speculation such as "The Leviathan of Wealth" and "the richest man that ever died" came about to be associated with him.
Above: To the left, a portrait of the 1st Duke. To the right, the crest of Leveson-Gower & the Sutherland Clan.
These silver tongs were eventually discovered at Dunrobin Castle which is situated in Sutherland (Highland area of Scottland), and was/is a very ornate and extravagant castle that is still standing today.
Leveson-Gower (1st Duke) and his wife spent a great deal renovating Dunrobin Castle as their family seat and he eventually passed away there.
Supposedly, these tongs were stored away and not discovered for a long period as they were fairly recently discovered in the attic of Dunrobin Castle and were eventually offered for sale in the Dunrobin Castle Attic Sale.
Due to the versatility of such wares, this pair would allow for an excellent and diverse range of usage whether be it with asparagus, bread slices, or creative choices of your preference in the modern era.
The tongs are fully hallmarked on the inside of the handle with clear English marks.
A wonderful pair with rich Aristocratic interest whilst serving a practical and useable purpose in the modern-day.
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- Size (mm) L:250mm W:17mm
- Size (inches) L:9.84 W:0.59
- Weight: 197 grams (6.9 oz)
Great Condition - The tongs are in great antique condition with no damage or issues. Please refer to the photographs to examine the condition in further detail.
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