Birmingham was one of the provincial Assay Offices.
It opened in 1773, along with Sheffield. Birmingham made sugar tongs
of this period are quite rare and here we will only see a few pairs. The date letter was struck
from when the Assay Office opened so we can be exact about dating Birmingham
tongs. You do need to be a little careful as the date letters were not
struck in alphabetical sequence, so you will need to check with a reputable
hall-marking reference book, click here
ES - Edward Sawyer
ET - Edward Thomason
IT - Joseph Taylor
JA&S - Josiah Adams & sons
JJ - John Jesson?
JW - Joseph Willmore
RE- Richard Evans
SP - Samuel Pemberton
TP - Thomas Parsons