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American? Silver Sugar Tongs Circa 1760-70 - Maker's Mark T.H Only

American? Silver Sugar Tongs Circa 1760-70 - Maker's Mark T.H Only
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Offered is a nice pair of 18th Century silver sugar tongs dating by style to the 1760s or early 1770s, bearing only a maker's mark of T.H in a rectangle. This maker's mark is fairly crude and doesn't look like a British mark, but the proportions of this pair of tongs look more British than American to me. So, are these tongs British, and dodge paying duty? Were they perhaps made provincially within the UK proper, far away from an assay office? Could they be from somewhere else in the Empire, or are they in the end by a colonial American maker? I haven't had any luck in tracking down this mark. These tongs measure about 5 1/2 inches in length and weigh about 39 grams. Condition is fair overall; as is typical with these cast-arm sugar tongs, this pair has several repairs to the arms. There is no monogram or armorial, and no obvious sign of erasure, though there could have been one at some point. Please take a look at all the pictures, including a close-up of the maker's mark. All in all an interesting piece of colonial silver or provincial silver!

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