I have a set of tongs (5 1/2") that could be sterling -- they have what appears to be a lion passant mark and what I believe is a maker's mark (S.A -- Stephen Adams?), but no other hallmarks. The piece is in rough condition -- both ends of the tongs have broken off (I have one of the pieces). There is very light etching near the "passant", but it's very hard to see and/or photograph. It seems to read something like a hand etched script "E W / 4".
Any idea if this is indeed sterling?