Antique hand crafted sterling silver tongs with open form design and chased detailing by Hester Bateman. Hester Bateman (1709- 1794) was an English silversmith who learned the craft while working alongside her husband. Widowed at 51 with 6 children in 1760, she inherited his tools and spent the next 30 years building her business and mastering her craft. She was the most famous 18th c female silversmith and recognized as one of the finest among Georgian silversmiths. She favored simplistic and elegant form over ornamentation of rococo styling and as a result Bateman's silver promoted affordability to upper middle class while still securing a place within Church and noble rankings. This piece is circa 1780's, measures 5.25" in length by just under 1/2" wide.