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The tongs with scissor action, scroll handles and stems. Although unmarked, they are undoubtedly of cast silver and a very fine pair. The cast shell bowls are especially unusual and, in the absence of hall marks, can accurately date the nips to the 1730s and of the reign of George ll. They bear the engraved initials S E M to the central boss.

England, circa 1730s

L. 4.5” (11.5cm)

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