Robert Albin Cox
Makers mark Early Mark - (not in Grimwade)
These are George II "Scissor Style" sugar tongs known as Tea-Tongs. The maker: Robert Albin Cox The mark could almost be RG, but has been expertly identified as the RC. (This has been confirmed by consultation with expert collectors, as this mark is not recorded by Grimwade.) It is thought to have been an early mark from the "lost" register.
The tongs date to between 1740 & 1752, when the later mark was recorded, The shape of the lion passant stamp is definitely that of the 1740s. There is no town mark, or duty mark the 1740ís lion passant, and the makers mark are in both bowls. The tongs weigh 1 oz and are 4 1/2 ins long.
This pair is particularly nice in that it has the ring stops between the finger rings. One finger ring is a little out of shape. They are Monogrammed with a K on the circular hinged area.
1740-1755 lion passant mark