This a pair of fairly standard bright cut engraved tongs. There is an interesting pattern to the bowls, but otherwise no distinguishing features. I have dated these tongs between 22nd December 1797 and 7th August 1798. This is because the Lion is of the earlier style, which I sometimes think of as looking more like a mouse than a lion. This lion is often referred to as the "Letterbox Lion" - with good reason I think!

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