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Polly

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iconnumber posted 01-13-2019 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anybody recognize this mark? It's T in a heart.

It is on the finger ring of a pair of "tea tongs"-style sugar tongs or sugar nips. This is the only mark I could find. Usually tongs like this were English, mostly 1720s-60s (this one looks 1740s to me), but this does not have the duty lion stamp. It could be just that the maker didn't make them to sell, and so didn't pay duty. But it doesn't look like an English mark to me, so I'm posting it here in the vague hope that it might be American, and someone might recognize it.

Here are the tongs:


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ahwt

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Those are very nice tea tongs. I think the use of a single initial could mean they were made in a small town where the local silversmith did not need two or three initials for identification purposes. The heart is also pretty rare although I think I have seen that used before.
My guess they were made in one of the colonies of Great Britain or in a small town in that country were everyone knew each other.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 01-14-2019 11:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you, awht. I bet you're right.

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