Jackson records John Keene as a freeman of the Dublin Goldsmith’s company between 1789 and 1807. James Keating is also known to have been working around this time, although he is not recorded in Jackson’s. There is therefore some doubt over who this maker is. The maker’s mark is very different to that of John Kearns. These tongs are a lovely pair of typically Irish tongs and have fine clear bright cut engraving and a lovely crest of an armoured arm holding a scimitar. They are dated between 1787 and 1793.
If you know which of these two makers this is - please let me know
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