Pair of Nashville, Tennessee coin silver sugar tongs, plain fiddle handles with oval grips, marked on each arm "J * E" (mark attributed to John Elliston, 1809-1823, Nashville, TN). Monogrammed ML or MS. 6 1/4" L. Note: John Elliston was the nephew and business partner of Joseph Thorp Elliston. He was born in Kentucky and like his uncle, apprenticed with Samuel Ayres before moving to Nashville (ref. Tennessee Silversmiths by Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, p. 74). Provenance: The estate of Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: Excellent condition.
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