THIS FABULOUS ANTIQUE French Sterling Silver Asparagus Tongs with unique patented grip mechanism by Alphonse Debain, active 1883-1911, Paris, is presented here for your consideration. These Asparagus Tongs are wholly made of the finest quality French sterling silver .950 purity and decorated in gorgeous Rococo style, featuring intricate scroll and Rocaille scallop borders with foliage accents, centred by an elaborate cartouche. Hand-engraved monogram AJ with interlaced letters on one side.
The technique used to create the pattern is called RepoussÃ© (embossed). A sheet of silver is heated and the pattern raised from the reverse side using tools of different shapes. It is done by hand and difficult to master. This Asparagus Tongs are an example of the amazing craftsmanship of the ingenious manufactures of the period.
Hallmarked 1. French Minerva No.1 mark (twice), which guaranteed .950 purity sterling silver, used in Paris since 1838. This is one of the finest quality sterling silver, higher than standard .925 sterling silver. 2. Maker's mark of Alphonse Debain, 79 rue du Temple, active 1883-1911. 3. Patent sign "Bte S.G.D.G" (=Brevete Sans Garantie Du Governement. Twice).
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Measurements & Condition
3.4 inch (8.5 cm) tall x 4 inch (10.2 cm) wide.
Weight 4.4 oz (125 grams.)
Excellent Estate Condition with minor sign of normal use. The hinge works perfectly. Please refer the detail photos I added.
(Item Reference No.00551-P42)
Antique French Sterling Silver Asparagus Tongs by Alphonse Debain
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