These tongs are superb. It is very rare to see tongs that are bright cut on the inside as well as the outside of the arms. This "extra" engraving gives the tongs a special look that can only be achieved trough this extra engraving. The bowls have a twirling engraved pattern to the outside only. There is no maker's mark, just the Lion Passant. I have dated them at c1780 There can also be seen just the vestiges of an armorial monogram to the bow. Clearly these tongs were once owned by an important family. A very rare pair of tongs and an absolute delight.

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