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A rare survivor.
Being made out of MOP and tortoiseshell these were always susceptible to damage.
They date from the late 18th century and have an old repair, which in this case adds to the history of the item.
We don't usually buy or offer to sale damaged items, but these we have made an exception for.
The decoration on the MOP is just the same as that on silver tea tongs of the same period.
These would make a great addition to a collection.