Sheffield is one of the provincial Assay Offices, created
in 1773 along with Birmingham.
sugar tongs of this early period are rare and usually of superb quality and
style. We should remember that it was around this period that
Sheffield started producing Sheffield plate, i.e. this was NOT solid
silver. Many of the Sheffield companies produced plated wares as well
as solid silver. Do not be confused. The hall-marks for solid
silver are relatively easy to identify and are well documented. Note
that the date letter was included on sugar tongs from when the Assay Office
first opened so tongs can be readily and accurately dated.
DS&C - Deakin Smith & co.
IW - John Watson
HT TL - Henry Tudor & Thomas Leader
IL&Co. - John Love & Co.
IM - Jonathan Mappin
MF RC - Matthew Fenton, Richard Creswick & William Walton
NS & Co. - Nathaniel Smith & Co.
RG - Robert Gainsford
RM - Richard Morton
TA - Thomas Allen
TL - Thomas Lamborn
TL - Thomas Law