John Townsend is recorded in Grimwade from 10th September 1783.
These particular tongs have the incuse duty mark, dating them between 1784
West Country makers would often send their work to Exeter for
hallmarking but there is no reference to John Townsend having sent anything
to Exter. From the marks these tongs appear to have been hallmarked in
London, The style fo the tongs is very much that of many West Country
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