With these tongs, the maker's mark is again clearly over-struck. Also from the overall style of these tongs, they look very like they came from the Bateman workshops and from the date, they would be Hester Bateman. The style of the tongs is that of Hester Bateman's tongs.

"IT" is a very difficult maker's mark to attribute definitely. One very likely contender is John Tweedie. This is another of the Johns that is difficult to identify. The mark looks very like John Tweedie’s mark. The doubt arises because John Tweedie only entered one mark, on 1st December 1783, as a plate-worker.

1786 - 1790