This is an interesting maker’s mark as we also have antique Georgian silver sugar tongs by John Lias on his own and by John & Henry Lias. To sort them out, John was the father and Henry and Charles were John’s sons. In fact the partnership of all three, (as plate-workers), was only formed on 7th August 1823. Prior to that were John on his own, followed by John & Henry. These sugar tongs are plain, old English style. Notice that they are larger and “chunkier” than Georgian tongs. This became the fashion from about this time.

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