This pair of tongs has a very clear makerís
mark of LB and was hallmarked in Edinburgh. They are very typically
Scottish, with the long plain style concave arms and shell bowls. They are
probably dated c1810.
The mark LB has been attributed to Lindsay Beech as there was no other
Scottish goldsmith at that time with those initials who was definitely
submitting silver to Edinburgh for assay. Beech was a submitting work for
assay first in Edinburgh then possibly later in Glasgow between at least
1803 to the late 1820s. He was a freeman in Edinburgh but was back and
forth working in Edinburgh and Glasgow over the years. He married a Glasgow
woman, had a son there and was essentially their trade officer for a period
during the late 1820s. (many thanks to professor Rodney Reynolds
Dietert for this information).
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