With these tongs, it is much less
easy to see that the maker's mark has been over-struck, nevertheless with a
close examination it can be seen that all five pairs of tongs are
over-struck. It is also the case that one cannot be very certain of
the underneath mark. 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.
Richard Evans is recorded as a Shrewsbury maker, registering a mark on 3rd May as a small-worker. He
was admitted to the Company of Mercers, Goldsmiths etc. of Shrewsbury in
1780 and was a Burgess of the town that same year. The only address
recorded, (at Birmingham Assay office), is Shrewsbury. A second mark
was entered in 1787. There is no mark of "RE" entered in London as far
as we know.
All of these tongs are marked "RE" for Richard Evans
and have standard London hallmarks for the period 1786 to 1790.
Was Richard Evans another provincial maker or retailer who bought his tongs from Hester Bateman to sell, either in
his London retail outlet, (if he had one), or back home in Shrewsbury?