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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1861-1862 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Higgins, Francis, born 1818 - died 1908 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr. William Thomas Lloyd Hives

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 15, shelf 1

This pair of sugar tongs was made in 1861–2. In 1895, when the manufacturing retailers Elkington & Co. opened a shop in Manchester, the tongs were combined with 12 teaspoons made in 1875–6 to make up a set. Boxed sets such as these made attractive and useful presents. The design of the tongs is known as Fiddle Pattern, which was very popular in the 19th century.

Physical description

Pair of silver sugar tongs in Fiddle pattern.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1861-1862 (made)


Higgins, Francis, born 1818 - died 1908 (maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Marks on inside of tong handle.
Tongs have maker, FH for Francis Higgins, duty, sterling, date, leopard.


Length: 14.5 cm, Width: 4.75 cm maximum, Height: 4.5 cm

Object history note

Set of six teaspoons and one pair of sugar tongs in a case. Old number Lost 457. This set was assembled after 1895 when Elkingtons opened a retail branch in Manchester. These boxed sets made attractive and useful presents.

Descriptive line

Silver tongs, made by Francis Higgins, London, 1861-1862.

Production Note

Retailed by Elkington and Co, Manchester in about 1895.



Subjects depicted



Metalwork; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares


Metalwork Collection

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