Close Plate not Solid Silver
John Gilbert of
Birmingham registered three marks in 1812.
Close plating is a process in which a thin layer
of silver is bonded to an object made from a base metal, most often iron or
steel but occasionally Britannia Metal. The silver plate was affixed through
pressing or hammering and the use of a hot iron.
These are completely plain except for a monogram WAG to the bow. This is unusual for this type of item as it cuts through the plate, as the base metal is whitish, doesn't rust and the tongs are quite light, I assume these are plated on Britannia Metal. The plate is in excellent condition. They are 5 3/4 ins long and weigh 1 ounce