Tim Kent is the recognised expert in West Country silver & has penned an
article in the March/April 2009 copy of the Finial which makes very clear
that none of these sugar tongs can be by Jason Holt, as the latest date that
Jason Holt submitted any "Tea tongs" for Assay was in September 1769. Joseph
Hicks however submitted a large number of tea tongs for assay from 1782
onwards. I therefore submit that these tongs are by Joseph Hicks, not
by Jason Holt.
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