Unknown Maker

? John Lampfert ?

These tongs have a very rubbed London lion and no duty mark. They have been repaired on both arms, one very well done repair, the other less so. The makers mark is partly hidden in the joinn between arms and bow and is also well rubbed but could just be the JL of John Lampfert. If so they must be late in his lifetime as his dates are 1748-69. They weigh 1 1/4 ounces. The bow has a crest of a gryffons head erased. The bowls are very delicate and finely done and look like part of the arm rather than a separate entity as the decoration is continuous.

 

    

Bow with crest                          Delicate bowls