A very unusual pair of George II silver Sugar Nippers.
A pair of George II Sugar Nippers, London, circa 1735, the grips cast with the maker’s name ‘Blunt’ between a crown and a Rose [presumable a reference to the shop sign] on the inner side and a dove of peace on the outside. One grip struck with a lion passant.
Grimwade records two, apparently unconnected, silversmiths called John Blunt – one entering a smallworker’s mark in 1732, at Noble Street, the other entering a smallworker’s mark in 1734 at Huggin Alley. A John Blunt, ‘late of Gold-street, Cheapside, in the parish of St. Peter le Cheap, Goldsmith’ was a prisoner for Debt in the King’s Bench Prison, Southwark, in 1743.
A smilar cameo maker’s mark on the interior of the nipper grip has been noted on a pair of Sugar Nippers by John Allen [identical in style to the pair made by Allen for a Lamerie Tea Equipage].
Generally good but with slightly twisted legs with surface cracks. A solder line on the leg appears to be original.
Length – 13 cm.; Width – 4 cm.; Weight – 37.50 gms.