James Berry is recorded in Jackson's as
having been working between 1836 and 1857. Jackson also shows a mark
from a pair of fiddle pattern sugar tongs dated c1840. These tongs are
also plain fiddle pattern tongs. The maker's mark is not very clear,
but definitely looks like "IB". The Aberdeen marks are very clear.
Sadly the tongs have an ugly repair under the bow. This can just about
be seen from the picture of the monogram. The tongs are marked at the
bottom of the arms with the same mark on each arm. Given that they are
plain fiddle pattern tongs it is difficult to date them exactly, but c1840
would be reasonable although they could be earlier.
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