Pair of Tasmanian sterling and shell sugar tongs, W. GOLDING, Hobart, c.1900-1910
Pair of Tasmanian sterling and shell sugar tongs, W. GOLDING, Hobart, c.1900-1910
Pair of Tasmanian sterling and shell sugar tongs, W. GOLDING, Hobart, c.1900-1910
Pair of Tasmanian sterling and shell sugar tongs, W. GOLDING, Hobart, c.1900-1910

Pair of Tasmanian sterling and shell sugar tongs, W. GOLDING, Hobart, c.1900-1910

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Tasmania was one of the main tourist destination for mainland Australians in the early twentieth century. There would be cruises running down the east coast. This led to a large production of Tasmanian themed souvenirs. Tasmanian shells were often set in silver or gold. This pair of tongs, made for the tourist market, were made by William Golding. Golding had apprenticed under David Barclay, a convict turned successful silversmith. He was working independently from 1875. We would date these tongs to the early part of the twentieth century. 

They are stamped both 'W.GOLDING' and 'STG.SILVER'. They are in good condition. 

They measure 11cm long.