Possibly rather rare small ornate antique sugar scissor nips or tongs with shell detail terminals. The impression J.G A1 is on one side of the nips, with EP A1 on the other side (EP is electroplated).
We believe that the J.G mark refers to John Gough, silversmith, of Birmingham, England who produced until the mid 1880s. If we are right, then Mr G produced for only a small period of time in his own right, probably circa 1870 to 1885 (having taken over the business, we think, from his father). We have found very few items made by this silversmith in our research, and certainly no sugar nips but he certainly seemed to specialise in small(er) items.
The electroplate is remarkably intact, but there are a few light scratches here and there, commensurate with age and use. Otherwise, structurally sound, although the terminals are very slightly out of kilter (we have tried to show this in the photographs with limited success).
The sugar nips measure approximately 4in long from the tip of the handles to the end of the shell terminals.
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