A delicate and refined Antique French Silver Pastry Tongs by ‘Maitre Orfèvre’ Eschwège.
Eschwege is one of the rare marks that we still collect, though it brings us a little later in time, as we love the refinement of their pieces!
This gorgeous piece is chiselled with delicate foliage scrolls, flowers and lattice patterns.
The sides also show angel heads peering over clouds that could actually be renditions of ‘Eole’, or the Wind God.
The handles are carved with leaves and the center knob is decorated by a flower.
Though originally conceived to serve pastries, it can be used for bread, danishes or fruits…
The work is lovely and the piece is in brilliant condition with no marks or losses!
The width given above is that of the larger part of the tongs while the height is that of the scissors part.
The Hallmark is Minerve -1st title -1838 -1926 -Paris
The Makers Mark is for Maitre Orfèvre Bloch Eschwège and shows a B and an E separated by a diamond shape.
The mark was registered in 1920 and was cancelled 6 years later. He operated first at 23 Rue Des fontaines in Paris and then moved to 49 rue Meslay very close to the Porte Saint Martin in Paris. He was later succeeded by Maison Eschwège who lasted until 1948.