By the same Alphonse DEBAIN who designed the Chimera head Asparagus Tongs that we have already presented to you here is another example of fine work.
It is a ‘Main Pince’ or an Antique French Silver Asparagus Tongs that was created by the Maitre Orfèvre Alphonse DEBAIN in Paris – He became quite known and specialized in this model (the Main pince) which was actually discussed in the official publications of the Exposition Universelle De Paris in 1889. His work on Art Nouveau pieces is quite exquisite and you will see quite a few of his pieces in our collection.
The tongue has a beautiful ‘cutaway’ detail with floral and foliage scrolls decorating its side. The center holds a medallion waiting to receive its owners monogram. The A D for Alphonse Debain is marked as well on the outside of the tongs. This piece was actually pattended by Alphone DEBAIN and won a prize during the 1889 Exposition Universelle.
It fits perfectly in the hand and is in good condition with the spring located in the hinged joint still working well.
Though it is meant to serve Asparagus it may also be used as a bread or pastry server.
The Hallmark is Minerve 1 -1st title (950/1000)- Hence 1838 to 1919 – Paris
The Makers Mark is for Alphonse DEBAIN. Alphonse DEBAIN was the son of Alphonse Edouard DEBAIN and his Mark was registered on March 19th 1883 – It was cancelled (biffé) on March 8th 1911.