This information has been updated with many thanks to Miles Harrison, who has recently published a new book "Exeter and West Country silver 1700-1900". This is an extremely comprehensive book and can be bought directly from Miles - simply click HERE
William Hope is first mentioned in the Assay Register in 1816 and last mentioned in 1833. He is recorded as residing in Plymouth where he also kept a public house. on 20th April 1833 he was convicted of forgery and sentenced to 7 years transportation as a result. It is unclear whether he was actuall transported but he is known to have been back at his pub in 1841.
Tongs by William Hope are very rarely seen and pictures are by kind permission of Robert Gutsell, who runs the highly informative Provincial silver web-site.
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