These tongs are very much in Hester Bateman's style. They are very typical of her work. The maker's mark is very clearly "IT" but a careful examination shows that the mark is over-struck on top of another. I you look at the mark upside down, it looks as if it could well be Hester's mark underneath. Do we have yet another maker buying Hester's sugar tongs? They are dated c1786 - 1790.

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