Mary Sumner entered her first mark on the death of her husband, (William Sumner I), on 18th March 1807 as a spoon-maker. She then entered another mark with her daughter Eliza on 31st August 1809, followed by another in 1810. As seen with other women silver-smiths, the death of the husband has not deterred them from continuing the business, in this case mother and daughter. I have only seen this one pair of tongs by Mary & Eliza Sumner so presume that they are fairly rare. This pair of tongs have the date letter “O”, dating them between 31st August 1809, (when they first registered the mark together), and 29th May 1810. They are a simple plain pair of tongs but have a lovely monogram of a stag with a branch in his mouth.
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