These are a fascinating pair of tongs. This pair of tongs is
hallmarked on the outside of the
arms. The makerís mark clearly the same as seen on other pairs of tongs, with the same flaw in
the punch. They are dated c1790.
Tongs marked on the outside are rare - but are seen. I have seen them
made by Thomas Tookey, Charles Hougham, and have also seen cast pairs.
There is some discussion regarding the reasons for marking tongs on the
outside, including that it may have been a "left-over" from the early days
of marking sugar nips on the outside of the finger rings. I can't say
I am convinced of this given the date of these tongs (1786 - 1790), however,
the discussion goes on...
Click here to see tongs by Thomas
Tookey hallmarked on the outside of the arms
Click here to see tongs
by Samuel Wintle hallmarked on the outside of the arms
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