is a rare example of early American silver by the New York City Silversmith Tunis D. Dubois. Dubois was active in New York from the 1790's to the early 1800's. He was the first silversmith's to make silver to sell to other smiths as well as retailers in NYC. He moved to New Jeresy in 1799. This pair of sugar tongs are in excellent original condition with no damage or repairs and only a few very minor surface scratches. They appear to have hardly been used. They measure 6 1/4 inches long and have engraving typical of the period and of Dubois's work. T is a monogram on the top. The inside bearing the mark of Dubois TDD along with his wheat sheaf mark,dating the piece to 1797-1799. A simple and wonderful pair of early American silver makers tongs with nice size,detail and weight. A superb and rare addition to your antique silver collection,not to be missed! BE SURE CHECK MY OTHER LISTINGS FOR MANY OTHER INTERESTING WORKS OF ART & ANTIQUES! Please e-mail all questions/other pics early as all sales are final. Shipping is USPS Priority insured immediately upon receipt of Paypal payment,bank check or money order,7 days after personal checks clear. Thanks for looking and good luck bidding!