Acorn bowls are a fairly common feature of many sugar tongs of this period, and Hester Bateman is no exception. The general workmanship of these bowls is all the same but the final "look" is different with each pair of tongs.
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3 acorn bowls, from tongs dated c1780 - 1784
acorn bowls, from tongs dated 1785/86
3 acorn bowls, from tongs dated c1786 - 1790