The Zeiglers were an
important family of silver-smiths in Edinburgh in the Eighteenth and
nineteenth centuries. With grateful thanks to the incorporation of
Goldsmiths of the city of Edinburgh, we can trace the family as follows:
In summary, this means that we have two Alexander Zeiglers, two William Zeiglers and one John
Tongs by Alexander Zeigler are the most often seen of the Zeigler family, although there are also quite a few by John Zeigler. The only real way to determine which made which is from an estimate of the date of the item.
John Zeigler registered his mark in 1798. This is a pair of very plain tongs, marked right underneath the bow. I have dated them as c1800.
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