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    Posted 4 days ago

    tharless62
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    well i think that's the correct name for this type of tool...???? anywho i have had this for quite some time and every so often i wonder about it!!!!!

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 4 days ago
      I like the bird feet! It has a Mexican feel to me, but this is not my area of expertise!
    2. kwqd kwqd, 4 days ago
      It makes me think of a childhood song "Great big gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts, mutilated monkey meat, little birdies' dirty feet......" There are several versions:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUD5VhHCk-Y

    3. keramikos keramikos, 4 days ago
      kwqd, };-)

      Here is the Boy Scouts version:

      http://boyscouttrail.com/content/song/greasy_grimy_gopher_guts-467.asp
    4. keramikos keramikos, 4 days ago
      tharless62, Cool. :-)

      The more usual term is sugar tongs.

      You didn't say whether there were any hallmarks or makers marks on yours (that could give us clues as to the metal content and provenance), however:

      Sugar tongs were widely used in the 19th century into the 20th century for picking up sugar cubes at the table in polite company. I have a pair myself (not that I'm particularly polite).

      I tried without success to find a reference for what I'd been told long ago about the size of the claws, which is that the larger the claws, the older the tongs.

      Before the invention of the modern sugar cube (1843), larger, irregularly-shaped chunks of sugar were broken off of the household sugar loaf:

      https://www.radio.cz/en/static/inventors/sugar

      https://dartsilverltd.co.uk/the-history-use-of-silver-sugar-tongs/
    5. keramikos keramikos, 4 days ago
      Whoops, an example:

      *snip*

      This is a lovely pair of ANTIQUE VICTORIAN solid sterling silver sugar tongs (or sugar nips as I believe they are called in the USA) that was made in Sheffield, England in 1900 by the illustrious Victorian silversmiths, Henry Wilkinson & Company at their Norfolk Street workshops. They have bowls shaped as bird claws and plain arms. They are 4 1/4" long and 1/2" wide at the bow. They are very substantial, weighing in at 28.8 grams - almost 1 troy oz.

      *snip*

      They are hallmarked with HW, crown, lion passant (sterling silver assay mark), h. This means they were hallmarked in Sheffield in 1900.

      *snip*

      https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/victorian-bird-claw-solid-silver-246356445

      BTW, insofar as I know, "sugar nips" is NOT what people in the USA call sugar tongs. Sugar nips are a different tool, more akin to scissors. This is an interesting historical piece on sugar handling:

      http://www.oldandinteresting.com/sugar-nippers.aspx
    6. tharless62 tharless62, 3 days ago
      you all are SPECTACULAR! And i hope you know that i GENUINELY APPRECIATE all that you know and are not selfish in sharing!! I will inspect for marks in the next few days...
    7. keramikos keramikos, 3 days ago
      tharless62, You're welcome. :-)

      It could be nothing, but I thought I saw something on the inside of the "U" bend.
    8. keramikos keramikos, 3 days ago
      BTW, it's also possible that your tongs are not necessarily sugar tongs, but designed for another purpose, such as ice cube handling.

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