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Tong maker

Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:34 pm
by Dtvready
I've found a pair of tongs that seem new but, following the trail of hallmarks, seem to be older.

Links to two images are below and any help would be appreciated.

Nashville, TN



Re: Tong maker

Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:40 pm
by dognose
Hi Greg,

Welcome to the Forum.

The below should help you:

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Re: Tong maker

Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:19 pm
by AG2012
I have saved,cropped and embedded your images with the marks, which are as follows:
From top on the left: leopard's head uncrowned for London Assay Office,lion passant for sterling, date letter f for 1821,duty mark George III.
On the right maker`s mark W.B of William Bateman I



Re: Tong maker

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:54 am
by Dtvready
Trev: Thank you for the tutorial on proper use of the Forum. I'll do a better job next time.

AG2012: Thank you for reformatting my images, re-posting them, and deciphering the hallmarks.

I believe they came from my father's modest estate and I can only wonder how he acquired them in Winston-Salem, NC.

At least there is no longer any mystery as to their age, composition, and maker!

All the best to you and the Forum,