Silver Sugar Tongs, likely eastern Massachusetts, second half 18th century, scissors-form with scroll handles and shell tongs, the pivot engraved "L/BM," for Benjamin and Mary Lincoln, lg. 4 3/4 in.
Provenance: Originally owned by General Benjamin (1733-1810) and Mary Lincoln (1734-1816) of Hingham, Massachusetts. Tongs descended through their daughter, Sarah Lincoln (1761-1810) who married Dr. Gridley Thaxter (1756-1845). The tongs were given to their son, Dr. Ezekiel Thaxter (1787-1856) and then to his granddaughter, and then by descent to the present owner.
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