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S/4087 Antique Treen 19th Century Chip Carved Pair of Sycamore Sugar Tongs

A most attractive named and dated pair of chip carved sycamore sugar tongs, made either as a love token or a valentine. Occasionally, these items were made and given as thank you gifts from the striking miners to people who supported them , by donating money to the cause. The tongs have a rectangular glazed window to each side, which reads 'Mrs Oldfield' & 'Roy 1894' with two further glazed oblong windows having coloured inserts near the end and two open carved hearts and circles. The whole has a good honey colour and patination.

6 in. (15 cm.) Wide
in. (2 cm.) Deep
English Circa 1894