The sugar tongs shown are very interesting
in that they are chased engraved rather than bright cut. They are an
example of very early bow type tongs, made as a single piece rather than
cast in three parts as was more normal for this period. They are also
marked with only the maker's mark struck twice. This was done to avoid
paying to have the tongs hall-marked. As a result of this, the tongs
are not marked with the Lion Passant and can therefore not be legally
described or sold as silver.
These sugar tongs are probably dated at c1775.
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