Recently, I had an auction experience that would make me eat my words were it not so atypical. I got a figure that was better than expected! Let me start by saying I have had the male musician on the right for quite a while. He is one of my favorite figures and is marked "Neale & Co." beneath. I love Neale enamels, and this fella carries a manbag of sorts with a gorgeous animal skin design painted on it. My lucky buy was the tamborine playing lady on the left, also marked with the Neale mark.
Tracking Neale & Co. figures is a bit of an obsession with me. I have noticed that the musician pairs are never spot-on matches. As you see with my pair, the mounds and tree stumps differ in color. These were the very early days of enamel painting (the early 1780s...awesomely early!) and perhaps such things didn't matter. A pair is made when the clothing is painted in much the same manner and the edges of the hats match.
Below you see another Neale pair (he is unmarked, she is marked but with a restored hand and tambourine). Again the mounds and tree stumps do not match, but the hat brims and the overall coloring of the clothing does. So again, in my book, these are indeed a true pair.