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Maker(s):Revere Jr., Paul?
Culture:American?
Title:sugar tongs
Date Made:ca. 1790?
Type:Food Service
Materials:silver
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Boston?
Measurements:overall: 6 in x 1 1/2 in; 15.2 cm x 3.8 cm
Accession Number:  HD 75.479
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Description:
Silver sugar tongs marked ".REVERE" in a rectangle once on the inner edge and decorated with diamond-shaped and engraved flowers on the bend. Although the tongs were bought attributed to Paul Revere, Jr. (1734-1818), this mark was was then thought to be a fake Revere touchmark since there was a small stamped mark inside the bend with either two initials or some kind of digit or symbol, and evidence of a leopard's head - all perhaps the traces of an English hallmark. However, during a visit to HD on April 24, 2010, silver curator and Paul Revere expert, Jeannine Falino, thought that these sugar tongs were made by Paul Revere, Jr. and not spurious.

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