John Faux & George Love

 

Makers Mark      Registered 1764 

 

These tongs were made between 1764 and 1773.  They do not carry an assay office stamp.

 

There is reinforcing to one of the arms, and indications of an earlier stamp under the sterling mark (lion passant). Is it possible that they were damaged during an original assay, repaired and re-assayed at the time of manufacture? They are typical cast tongs in construction, but the lower limbs are reminiscent of the earlier andiron style. There is a monogram to the bow which appears to read SA JC in interlocking fancy script, a wedding inscription? The engraving is probably contemporary with the tongs and is of equivalent quality.  They are heavy weighing 1 1/2 ounces, and are 5 1/2 inches long.

 

                                                             

Monogrammed Bow                                                     Lion stamp - over stamped??