No Makers Mark

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Hall Mark London?

These tongs are in perfect condition, as if they were never used, the only problem is the total lack of a makers mark. The lion hallmark is the only mark and could be Newcastle circa 1775 or London. As there is no duty mark they must be pre 1784, and the style of the bowls suggests about 1775. The bow is plain with a thread edge and no monogram or crest.  they weigh 1 3/8 ounces.

 

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Hallmark     very deep punch

This pair is very plain for a pair of cast tongs, the only decoration is the thread edge. The Bow has the double Monogram JH and CS intertwined. There is a point on the arm where silver has been in filled into what may have been another punch, if the makers mark was struck as deep as the hallmark it may have threatened to come through. Otherwise there is no indication there ever was one. The tongs Date to approximately 1775 and weigh 1 1/8 ounces.

 

Monogrammed Bow

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These charming tongs have no marks at all, neither maker nor sterling nor monogram and thus are impossible to date. However they are cast in 3 sections as are the original English Georgian tongs. Were they perhaps a salesman's sample and therefore not for sale? They are small at 4 3/4 inches long and weigh 7/8 of an ounce. They may not be English in origin which would explain the lack of marks but they test as sterling standard silver.