Prominent American silversmith Samuel Kirk began his manufacturing company in Baltimore, 1815 and it was the oldest American silverware company. The company carried on under the name S. Kirk & Son or S. Kirk & Sons and Co Sterling or CO or INC independently, until it was bought out in 1979 and became The Kirk Stieff Co. The repoussé pattern has been in use since the 1800's but the stamps marking each piece can date the pieces to a particular time. There was a lot of confusion about dates for similar looking pieces but a book, published by Kirk & Son called, 'The story of the House of Kirk' explains the story of the first 99 years of the company. Thereafter, records from the revised book, 'The story of the house of Kirk' from their 1965 publication, can be used to date pieces accurately.
This beautiful example of their work is in fine condition and is not monogrammed. The inside markings are stamped S. Kirk & Son Sterling, which dates this piece to the 1930's. The finely made ice tongs would look stunning at any party or could be used purely as a decorative piece. The handle is decorated with an array of finely detailed foliage and flowers and the tongs themselves are like a scalloped shell. Really beautiful well preserved ice tongs to add to your fine collection of silverware decorative objects.
Dimensions are as follows:
Length 15.5 cm x Width 4.1 cm x Thickness 0.8 mm - 1.4 mm