Of all the antique Georgian silver sugar tongs on this web-site, this is the first with a maker's mark that starts with the initial of the surname - very unusual. These tongs are also unusual in that they are very early.

William and John Deane are believed to be brothers. They entered their first mark together in 1759, followed by others, until John Deane entered a mark on his own in 1768. They are therefore almost certainly dated some time between 1759 and 1768.

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