These are an exceedingly rare and stunning pair of sugar tongs, the finest American classical ones we have had the privilege to offer. The elbow is plain and engraved with a lovely foliate 'H' initial. The interiors of the handles have a well conforming to the handles and the pads. Stunning appliques with clusters of grapes amongst dense grape leaves decorate the outside of the handles above classical columnar features. Above the grapes is the mask of a lion with tongue extended licking the leaves. The pads of the tongs depict wonderful lion paws.
These exceptional tongs are marked on the interior of the elbow 'F.M.' within a rectangle along with a couple of pseudo-hallmarks. They measure 6.75 inches long, weigh 3.75 troy ounces and are in very good/ excellent antique condition.